Your Art Here

2002–2005

Your Art Here was an artist group formed in 2002 by Shana Berger, Nathan Purath, Owen Mundy, and Alyssa Hill, that used billboards as public art spaces. The group began as an experiment to influence modes of art making, activism, and public expression.

Over the course of three years the group founded three artist-run community billboards in Bloomington and Indianapolis, Indiana, and realized numerous projects in collaboration with community members.

These projects included over 60 art billboards of which 20 different works were created in collaboration with students at schools in Indianapolis and Bloomington. The works addressed topics such as war, censorship, and gender equality, among others.

While the founders of the group dispersed in 2005, Your Art Here continued on as a non-profit arts organization and continues to work to reclaim visual spaces usually reserved for commercial messages.

Billboard 101, Bloomington, IN, 2002 Billboard Generation III, 2005; The third Youth Art billboard competition took place in Bloomington and Indianapolis, resulting in a total of nine billboards. Eight different artworks made by students in grades k-12 responded to the question Billboard Generation II, 2004. The second Youth Art billboard competition took place in Bloomington and Indianapolis, resulting in four billboards in each city. Eight different artworks made by students in grades k-12 responded to the question Billboard Nation, 2002; Call for entries in Bloomington, IN resulting in two art billboards on commercially rented spaces; Figure Study, by Andrew Glenn Billboard Nation, 2002; Call for entries in Bloomington, IN resulting in two art billboards on commercially rented spaces; Making my Neighborhood Luckier One Penny at a Time, by Dana Sperry Billboard Generation I, 2003; Billboard Generation I was the first YAH call for entries within Bloomington area schools in Celebration of National Youth Art Month. The contest theme was Peace and/or War, and it resulted in two youth art billboards on commercially rented spaces in Bloomington, IN. Peace, Worth Striving For, by Esther, and This is Your Choice, by Benjamin went up for display the day before the War with Iraq started. This is Your Choice, By Ben, 8 years old July 4th Parade, 2003; Billboard float by Your Art Here co-founders that participated in the Bloomington 4th of July Parade, and was subsequently hung on Billboard 101. Media Conglomerate, Collaboration by Your Art Here co-founders, Shana Berger, Alyssa Hill, Owen Mundy, and Nathan Purath Flatland: Billboards in the Crossroads of America, 2003; A collaboration between Your Art Here and the Indiana University SoFA Gallery. Resulted in 7 art billboards. Iraq by Angela Edwards in the School of Fine Arts (SoFA) Gallery Flatland: Billboards in the Crossroads of America, 2003; A collaboration between Your Art Here and the Indiana University SoFA Gallery. Resulted in 7 art billboards. Mine is Bigger Than Yours by Benjamin Long Billboard Generation II, 2004; The second Youth Art billboard competition took place in Bloomington and Indianapolis, resulting in four billboards in each city. Eight different artworks made by students in grades k-12 responded to the question The Patriotic Art Series, 2004; This series of four billboards was exhibited on the YAH Massachusetts Ave. billboards, leading up to the November Presidential Election of 2004. Each piece took a unique look at the media's influence on the mainstream perception of 'patriotism.' Dang, it's Good to be A Gangsterer! by Dana Sperry and Chuck Jones Nature is Special, by Emily, Billboard Generation II, Bloomington, IN, 2004 Think Before You Act, by Zech, Billboard Generation II, Indianapolis, IN, 2004 Whats Important? by Tashana, Billboard Generation II, Indianapolis, IN, 2004 Saving the World, By Sarah, Billboard Generation II, Indianapolis, IN, 2004 Who Are You, by Catherine, Billboard Generation III, Bloomington, IN, 2005 Use Your Mouth!, by Max, Billboard Generation III, Bloomington, IN, 2005 Equality for the Handicapped, by Doyoung, Billboard Generation III, Bloomington, IN, 2005 Reach for a Goal, by Alex Billboard Generation III, Bloomington, IN, 2005 Fat Food, by Rachel and Diana, Billboard Generation III, Indianapolis, IN, 2005 Raise Boys and Girls the Same Way, by Kellie, Billboard Generation III, Bloomington, IN, 2005 The Only Thing Thats Free in The World Is Love, Billboard Generation III, Bloomington, IN, 2005
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