About Us


We're Passionate About Art!


In the early 70s, you can say Bend was a cultural desert and residents had to travel to take in the arts. A small group of spunky young moms including Sue Hollern and Jody Ward decided to take action, finding a way to bring art to Bend. They did just that, starting with art shows and classes. Their dream grew and morphed into Art in Public Places' vision: Give Bend public art in expansive, mindful and encompassing ways.


Today, the board of directors of AiPP is comprised of several longstanding Bend residents, including Sue Hollern, Jody Ward, Cristy Lanfri, René Mitchell, Romy Mortensen, Sandy Cummings and Dana Whitelaw. Marcelene Trujillo serves as the Project Coordinator.

Goals and Vision


Art in Public Places is a nonprofit organization that enriches the experience of the beautiful high desert community of Bend, Oregon for locals and visitors alike by bringing permanent, world class art installations to public spaces throughout the city. The expansive collection is funded by the Bend Foundation, the Be Part of Art campaign, and private donations. The work of art is then gifted to the City of Bend, Bend Parks & Recreation District, Deschutes Public Library and other nonprofits. AiPP is committed to intentionally growing Bend’s collection of public art, bringing art to all in our community. 


The Selection Process


Each piece of art commissioned by AiPP undergoes an extensive vetting process to determine its overall value to the Bend community. Elements taken into consideration include:

•  Level of artistic excellence

•  Interactivity

•  Innovative qualities

•  Originality

•  Durability

•  Ability to enhance a particular natural landscape or enliven a specific public space


AiPP’s call to artists are open to professional artists residing in the western and southwest regions of the United States who demonstrate prior experience with public art projects, including familiarity with site-specific design and materials suitable for public outdoor settings. AiPP posts a call to artists on the CAFE website approximately every other year. The community is invited to view the design renderings of each finalist and provide input on their favorities, both online and in select locations in town.


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