Larry Kirkland

Lead Artist

Larry Kirkland has collaborated with community and business leaders and design professionals to conceive and create his large-scale, multi-dimensional public artworks. Kirkland’s installations can be found in institutional and municipal buildings, transit hubs, research facilities, libraries, universities, cruise ships, urban parks, and plazas. Among his many commissions are artworks installed at Pennsylvania Station in New York; the American Red Cross Headquarters and National Academies of Science in Washington, D.C.; Putra World Trade Center in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; and Kansai International Airport in Osaka, Japan.

Kirkland has received a Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and has served on the peer review panel for the U.S. General Services Administration’s Design Excellence and the Arts Program. He has served as a juror on numerous art and architecture competitions and programs and has been involved in arts master plans for New Jersey Transit and Denver’s Wellington E. Webb Municipal Office Building. He serves on the Public Art Network Council of Americans for the Arts.

Kirkland is regarded among his peers as a dedicated and generous collaborator. Nancy Princenthal, in the introduction to Natural Histories, a monograph on Kirkland by Architecture Interiors Press, writes:

“His projects, all conceived for the public realm, take a breathtaking range of information—historical, scientific, social, and cultural—and make it solid. More than that, they make it luminous, surprising, and endlessly engrossing, a source of challenge and sustenance, provocation, and reward…he is a cultural conservationist, in a way that has parallels among those who would preserve the natural environment. He works hard to see that the memory of achievements in the arts—and in the sciences and political thought—is not lost. Among Kirkland’s most sustaining principles is sheer generosity, a conviction that all communities deserve to be challenged rather than mollified and that visual satisfaction is a rich but not simple pleasure.”

Above information is current as of November 2014.