Art in Public Spaces
The City of North Richland Hills established an Art in Public Spaces Program in 2002. By integrating art into daily life, the program beautifies public areas, improves our quality of life and creates a distinctive identity for our community.
Permanent Collection Photo Gallery Locator Map
Since the program began, the City has acquired 18 pieces in its permanent collection for residents and visitors to enjoy. The art pieces are located in parks and public buildings throughout our City. They include a wide variety of mediums and materials, from paintings and mosaics, to metal and stone sculptures.
Signal Art Program Photo Gallery Locator Map
The Signal Art Program was implemented in 2007 to enhance the City’s Art in Public Spaces Program. The program works with local artists to design original artwork for traffic signal boxes located throughout the City. The newest exhibit, entitled “Hollywood Film Cowboys”, was installed in the Fall of 2013 on 10 signal boxes. The theme of classic film cowboys will provide continuity of artwork and entice our residents and visitors to discover western icons of the past as they make their way through the city. The colorful images will include variations on the Hollywood portrayal of the hero cowboy from John Wayne to Clint Eastwood, Paul Newman and Yul Brynner. The “Hollywood Film Cowboy” artist is Cultural Arts Coordinator, Sarah Green. So be on the look out, you never know what you might see at the next NRH intersection.
Loaned Art Program
The City of North Richland Hills maintains a Loaned Art Program that allows area artists to display their work in a public setting. The Loaned Art Program is a low-cost Arts Initiative that provides an exchange where the public is provided an opportunity to enjoy fine art and artists receive citywide recognition for their efforts.
A specially appointed Arts Review Committee will periodically release a Call for Art, which is an open invitation to professional artists to submit art for consideration. Artists wishing to submit their work for review by the committee should apply only when a call for art is placed on the city website. Artwork that is selected for display will be installed to complement and enhance various NRH public buildings and venues. At the end of a six-month to two year loan period, the city has the option to purchase, continue to display or return the artwork.
North Richland Hills annually hosts: art exhibitions, concerts and a variety of other live performances, as well as offering a variety of fine and performing arts classes and camps for youth in the summer and fine art workshops for adults throughout the year.
The city has established a Donations Fund to help pay for the Art in Public Spaces Program. If you are interested in contributing to this fund or would like more information about the Art in Public Spaces Program, please contact us at 817-427-6620.