Based in Pasadena, California, West of Rome Public Art (WoR) is incorporated as a nonprofit 501(c)(3) arts organization. WoR serves as a conduit of cultural activity, dedicated to the realization of artists’ projects, exhibitions, and public interventions that encourage dialogue and community interaction primarily within the Los Angeles region.
Functioning without a permanent exhibition space, WoR is not anchored to any specific location and is therefore free to explore a diversity of urban spaces for its projects. Each show, installation or event takes place in a uniquely chosen site, sometimes off the beaten track, sometimes in the middle of a high traffic street. These unorthodox exhibition sites are dictated by circumstance, time and the nature of each project, and for a designated period of time, become places of discovery for both the casual passer-by and the attentive art visitor.
Los Angeles is a particularly challenging location for such an undertaking, as it is a city that continually reinvents itself, with ever-changing geographies and cultural needs. With the ability to be flexible and open- minded, WoR provides both established and emerging artists the unique opportunity to develop and realize ambitious ideas for which a more conventional setting might be prohibitive.
The scale, nontraditional location, and ongoing commitment of WoR to each individual project underscore the dynamic, continually evolving spirit of West of Rome Public Art. WoR is, furthermore, open to collaboration with more established institutions and community organizations to bring works by artists into a broader public context, while building larger audiences for the art of our time.