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'Art Everywhere U.S' celebrates America’s artistic heritage

This month, some 58 iconic American artworks, spanning 230 years of American art, are splashed across 50,000 outdoor spaces. From now through August 31, displays in all 50 states—billboards on city streets and rural highways, displays on bus shelters and subway platforms, dioramas in airports, videos in health clubs, trailers in movie theaters and more—will present the largest outdoor art show ever conceived, as a nationwide celebration of America’s artistic heritage.

Some 58 iconic American artworks are splashed across 50,000 outdoor spaces, from billboards to buses, across the U.S. this month
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The images are drawn from the collections of five major museums across the country—the Art Institute of Chicago; the Dallas Museum of Art; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA); the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. The museums have collaborated with the Outdoor Advertising Association of America (OAAA) and its members to present "Art Everywhere US" with the co-operation of artists, estates, foundations, and rights agencies.

Nancy Fletcher, President and CEO of the Outdoor Advertising Association of America. stated, “Art Everywhere US" is the latest and most spectacular chapter in our industry’s long history of contributing its resources to the public service. We are deeply grateful to the five museums for enabling us to bring this astonishing survey of America’s artistic heritage directly to the people.”

Maxwell L. Anderson, the Eugene McDermott Director said, “Thanks to OAAA and its members, a vast new audience is now starting to encounter masterpieces of American art, free of charge, as part of their everyday landscape. In many ways, American art tells the story of our country. On behalf of the Dallas Museum of Art and the four other participating museums, it’s wonderful to be able to bring that story out into the public square.”

San Francisco has its own share of the iconic works. Check out the map feature to locate where the specific painting are "hanging" in S.F., and their site to see the complete list of the 58 works on display.