Graham Coreil-Allen headshot

Graham Projects Public Artist and Creative Director

Graham Coreil-Allen headshot

Graham Coreil-Allen is a Baltimore-based public artist and organizer working to make cities more inclusive and livable through public art and civic engagement. The artist activates places with people through installations for pedestrian safety and play, interactive mapping, 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 the Mount Royal School of Art at Maryland Institute College of Art. Since founding Graham Projects in 2006, Coreil-Allen has expanded his creative work to include a comprehensive array of built, programmatic, design, and engagement strategies.

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 the Arts, The Deitch/Creative Time Art Parade, Eyebeam, The Baltimore Museum of Art, Washington Project for the Arts, Arlington Art Center, VistArts, Artscape, Transmodern Festival, VisArts, Current Space, ICA Baltimore, and Light City. Coreil-Allen has reached hundreds of thousands of participants through radical New Public Sites walking tours led in cities across the country and numerous public art installations, including viral-sensation Hopscotch Crosswalks, Dancing Forest and Choose Your Own Adventure at Artscape, and Sun Stomp at Light City Baltimore. Coreil-Allen’s work has been featured in numerous exhibits and media outlets including the American Pavilion in the 13th International Venice Architecture Biennale and a special episode of the hit podcast 99% Invisible. Currently Coreil-Allen is serving as an Open Society Institute Baltimore Community Fellow.

Coreil-Allen leads walking tours through New Public Sites: newpublicsites.org
The public artist lives and works 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 make cities more inclusive and liveable through public art and civic engagement. Through research and action, I develop projects that push pedestrian agency, interpret the overlooked, and renegotiate public space. I collaborate with neighbors to activate the everyday built environment through videos, creative cartography, installations for pedestrian safety and play, and interactive walking 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 interactive 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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