Temporary Art 

The City of Portland recognizes the role of public art in contributing to the life of the City and the well-being of its citizens. By engaging with the surrounding environment, public art enriches the spirit, values, and poetry of place. Temporary public art adds to the range and impact of public art, providing a changing array of outdoor installations all year around. The Portland Public Art Committee (PPAC) is the umbrella organization for the Temporary Public Art Guidelines.  

For those interested in installing temporary art in Portland, review the guidelines below.  The guidelines are intended to inform applicants of the process and include application information.  The Temporary Public Art Guidelines are only applicable to works of art to be sited on public property.  

For students, there are special temporary art guidelines and procedures for installing work in public spaces.  Refer to the documents below.

City funding is not available for temporary artworks - temporary art is not eligible for Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) funds and are not part of the permanent public art collection.

Temporary art applications are accepted by the Planning & Urban Development Program and are reviewed by an ad hoc Temporary Art Review Panel - see links below for application and guidelines.   Now accepting applications.  

2018 Under Review

Shifting Tides by Matthew Mazzotta, sponsored by TEMPOart Portland

This project is delayed until further notice.  The project is subject to the following review/approvals: City of Portland Temporary Art Permit, Building Permit, Level I Site Plan, Harbor Commission, Department of Environmental Protection, and Army Corps of Engineers

Scheduled meetings (open to the public): 

March 5, 3:00pm City Hall, 4th Floor - Temporary Art Review Panel 

March 27, 5:00pm 2 Portland Fish Pier, Suite 105 - Harbor Commission Workshop http://www.portlandharbor.org/meetings-and-agendas/

Public comment may be submitted to Caitlin Cameron, Urban Designer at ccameron@portlandmaine.gov

Temporary Art Resources

Student Temporary Art Resources

Contact Us:
Caitlin Cameron, Urban Designer
Planning & Urban Development Department, Planning Division and Public Art Committee
389 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101
Email: ccameron@portlandmaine.gov
Phone: (207) 874-8901