Graham Coreil-Allen, Public Artist
Graham 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. Through research and action, Coreil-Allen develops projects that push pedestrian agency, interpret the overlooked, and renegotiate public space. The artist activates the everyday built environment through video, creative cartography, installations for pedestrian play, critical writing, and interactive tours. Coreil-Allen’s 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 activates the potential for such sites through the sharing of radical histories, community organizing efforts, poetic taxonomies, and subversive re-definitions. Along the way, Coreil-Allen invites you to practice “radical pedestrianism” – traveling by foot through infinite sites of freedom while testing the limits of and redefining public space. Building on his tour insights, Coreil-Allen enhances places through public art, such as hopscotch crosswalks and interactive maps. Whether marking crosswalks for joywalkers or framing provocative city vistas, Graham Coreil-Allen always bring a sense of play and critical engagement to public space.
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.
Born in Galveston, Texas, and raised in Tampa, Florida, Graham Coreil-Allen 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 currently serving as an Open Society Institute Community Fellow.
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Michael Anthony Farley
ArtFCity, May 11, 2015
Uncanny Urbanism: Graham Coreil Allen’s New Public Sites
BmoreArt, September 19, 2014
Hop, Skip, And Jump Across The Street With New Artist-Designed Crosswalks
Fast Company / Co.Design, December 4, 2013
Something Cool: A ‘Hopscotch Crosswalk’ In Baltimore
NPR / the two-way, December 3, 2013
Names vs The Nothing
99% Invisible, October 6, 2012
Graham Projects is a Baltimore-based creative agency making cities more inclusive and livable through public art and civic engagement. Building on his background in public art, urban planning, and advocacy, Principal and Creative Director Graham Coreil-Allen produces participatory projects and leads social initiatives in the service of pedestrians and places. Coreil-Allen founded Graham Projects in 2005 as a way to investigate and improve cities through public art. Over the past ten years of investigating and strengthening public space, Coreil-Allen has expanded his creative work to include a comprehensive array of built, programmatic, design, and communication strategies.
New Public Sites
New Public Sites walking tours explore the history, design and uses of public spaces in Baltimore and beyond. Public Artist and tour guide Graham Coreil-Allen creatively reinterprets architecture, history, urban design, and art while investigating the negotiable nature of public space. Discover how civic leaders, visionary plans, urban policy, and community movements continue to transform neighborhoods. Hear stories of how regular people are shaping public life through grassroots organizing and civic engagement. Playfully activate enigmatic public space. Secret places, coded paving, environmental engineering, and forgotten monuments all reveal hidden truths. New Public Sites invites you to practice “radical pedestrianism” – traveling by foot through infinite sites of freedom while testing the limits of and redefining public space.
Below: 2015 SiteLines video tours – Written, featuring, directed, and edited by Graham Coreil-Allen.