Film, Media Arts, Other, Performing Arts, Visual Arts
MSAC Individual Artist Award (IAA)2017
Artist StatementAs a social practice artist, I work to make cities more inclusive and liveable through public art, radical walking tours, and civic engagement. As a cultural organizer I leverage multimedia strategies for meaningful impact, including community engagement, graphic design, web development, social media, and public relations. Through research and agency, I develop projects that push pedestrian agency, interpret the overlooked, and renegotiate public space. I activate the everyday built environment through videos, creative cartography, installations for pedestrian play, critical writing, and interactive tours. My ongoing New Public Sites walking tour series explores the history, design and uses of overlooked public spaces. The tours start with an expansive understanding of civic space and activate the potential for such sites through the sharing of radical histories, community organizing efforts, poetic taxonomies, and subversive re-definitions. Along the way I invite participants to practice “radical pedestrianism” – traveling by foot through infinite sites of freedom while testing the limits of and redefining public space. Building on my tour insights, I enhance places through public art, such as hopscotch crosswalks and immersive maps. Whether marking crosswalks for joywalkers or framing provocative city vistas, I always bring a sense of play and critical engagement to public space.
Graham Coreil-Allen is a Baltimore-based public artist and organizer working to make cities more inclusive and livable through public art, radical walking tours, and civic engagement. Through research and agency, Coreil-Allen develops projects thai push pedestrian agency, interpret the overlooked, and renegotiate public space. The artist activates the everyday built environment through video, creative cartography, installations for pedestrian play, critical writing, and New Public Sites walking tours. The public artist studied at Tulane School of Architecture, completed his BA at New College of Florida and received his MFA from Maryland lnstitute College of Art's Mount Royal School of Art. Coreil-Allen has created public projects and programs for numerous organizations, places, and events both nationally and abroad, including the Baltimore Office of Promotion and Arts, 99% Invisible, The Deitch/Creative Time Art Parade, Eyebeam, openhouseNY, Washington Project for the Arts, Arlington Art Center, VistArts, Artscape, Transmodern Festival, VisArts, Current Space, and ICA Baltimore. Coreil-Allen was an invited artist in the US Pavilion at the 13th lnternational Venice Architecture Biennale, was selected for an inaugural Rubys Artist Project Grant, and is a founding leader of Citizen Artist Baltimore.