Graham Projects Principal and Creative Director

Graham Voting at FirehouseGraham 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. Born in Galveston, Texas, and raised in Tampa, Florida, the public artist studied at Tulane School of Architecture in New Orleans, completed his BA at New College of Florida in Sarasota, and received his MFA from Maryland Institute College of Art’s Mount Royal School of Art in Baltimore. He 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, Artscape, Transmodern Festival, VisArts, Current Space, and ICA Baltimore. Coreil-Allen was an invited artist in the US Pavilion at the 13th International Venice Architecture Biennale, was selected for an inaugural Rubys Artist Project Grant, and is a founding leader of Citizen Artist Baltimore.

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Graham Coreil-Allen lives in West Baltimore’s Auchentoroly Terrace neighborhood: auchentorolyterrace.org

Artist Statement

To playfully explore a thrilling urban sublime
through drifting symbols of invisible sites:
this is why I make art.

As a social practice artist, I work to make cities more inclusive and liveable through public art, walking tours, and civic engagement. 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 video, 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.

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