Since realizing his first civic artwork in 1984 Ralph Helmick has created over fifty award-winning public commissions across the U.S. and abroad.

His goal as a public artist is to create generous, layered, challenging work that partakes in the social fabric of a culture and place.

Nearly all of his projects speak to the intersection of art and science. Distance and perception. Anamorphosis. Pareidolia. Optical consolidation. These and other visual phenomena are explored and harnessed toward profound esthetic ends.

Awards

Public Art Network National Year in Review,
“Heart and Mind”
2012

Public Art Network National Year in Review, “Pattern Recognition”
2008

Public Art Network National Year in Review, “Persistence of Vision”
2006

Public Art Network National Year in Review, “Landing”
2005

Public Art Network National Year in Review, "Rabble" and “Exquisite Corpse”
2004

Publications

Interalia Magazine, Anamorphosis, Richard Bright, November 2016

SmithsonianMag.org, Stuck at the Airport?, Natasha Gelling, 11/25/14

Des Moines Register, Agriculture, History and Art coalesce at ISU Exhibit, Michael Morain, 7/14/14

Wall Street Journal, Libraries With Shelf Life, Alexandra Solfe, 3/22/14

Boston Globe, Moving Beyond the Bronze Age, Sebastian Smee, 10/6/13