currently in the studio

public art commission, Love Field Airport, Dallas, TX, ongoing
public art commission,
Clemson University Business School, Clemson, SC, ongoing
public art commission, Alameda Library, El Paso, TX in production expected 2020
public art commission, Buffalo Street Plaza, Warsaw, IN in production expected 2020


Selected Projects


finalist,Community Center, Santa Clarita, CA


Peripheral Center, permanent commission, Griffiss Business and Technology Park, Rome NY

finalist, Codman Plaza, Boston, MA

finalist, Port Everglades, Fort Lauderdale, FL


finalist, Denver City Park and Denver Zoo
Denver Arts & Venues

finalist, Pena Station NEXT, Denver Airport
Denver Arts & Venues

finalist, Utah Valley University Performing Arts Center

finalist, Riverfront Sculpture, Fort Wayne
Indiana Arts Commission

finalist,University of Northern Colorado

Lucerna, permanent commission, University of Alaska Anchorage
Alaska State Council the Arts, Anchorage, State of Alaska Public Art Collection

2016Lux Aeterna permanent commission, Bicentennial Plaza, Indiana State House Indianapolis / IN
State of Indiana public art collection

finalist, City of Tamarac’s Signature Sculpture / FL

finalist, Asnuntuck Com. College / CT

finalist, Blue Goose Hollow Public Art Project in Chattanooga / TN

2015finalist, public art commission, Sand Hills Prairie Park,
Stapleton Arts Council, Denver / CO

Luminant Domain  permenant commission, Service High School,
Municipality of Anchorage Percent for Art, Anchorage, City of Anchorage Public Art Collection.

2014finalist, public art commission, Southern Connecticut State University Academic & Laboratory Science Building,
Connecticut Office of the Arts, New Haven / CT

finalist, public art commission,Livermorium Plaza,
City Commissions for the Arts, Livermore / CA

Nano, permanent commission, Nano Technology Center at
State Unv. of New York Institute of Technology, Marcy, SUNY Art Collection.

finalist, public art commission, Murrow and Monroe Parks, ongoing
DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, Washington DC

finalist, public art commission, Ballou High School
District of Columbia Government, Washington DC

finalist, public art commission, Fire Station 1
Public Art Chattanooga, Chattanooga / TN

finalist, public art commission, Broad Avenue Water Tower
ArtPlace America, Memphis / TN

2013Harvest, private commission, CHANEL
initiated by Peter Marino Architect, Hong Kong

finalist, public art commission, sculptural water feature design
National Center for Civil and Human Rights, Atlanta / GA

finalist, public art commission, virus research center
Unv. of Alberta Li Ka Shing Foundation Public Art, Edmonton Canada

don’t shoot  exhibition and symposium Sublime Porte,  Geoffrey Yeh Art Gallery,
St. John’s University, New York / NY   March 14- May 2 (catalog p8)

2012finalist, public art commission, site specific installation
Downtown Fairbanks Greenspace Project, Fairbanks / AK

finalist, public art commission, site specific installation
Denver women’s correction facility, Denver / CO

Fragmenta public art commission, site specific installation
Alaska State Crime Detection Laboratory, Anchorage, State of Alaska Public Art Collection.

Project finalist, site specific installation, Smith and Havana street
Denver Office of Cultural Affairs

2011No.1 , Contemporary Istanbul 2011, Leila Heller Gallery
November 24 - 27

Harvest , ArtBeat, Leila Heller Gallery

2010Project finalist, site specific installation, Public Art for The New Wishard
Blackburn Architects, Indianapolis USA

Le Chevalier noir (Dark Knight) Leila Taghinia-Milani Heller (LTMH) Gallery, NY USA
September 15 - November 12 curated by: Ashock Adicéam

Project finalist, site specific installation, Civic Center Park& McNichols Building
Denver Office of Cultural Affairs

2009Project finalist, Miami-Dade Art in Public Places/ Jackson South Hospital Project
Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs

Project finalist, New Mexico State Tri-Lab
New Mexico Arts a division of department of cultural affairs

Albedo, permanent commission, site specific sculpture, Denver USA
City of Denver Public Art Collection.

2008Harvest , fiber optic sculpture and video projection, Kasa Galeri, Istanbul Turkey
April 2 / May 10 2008

2007The Third Bridge, public art commission, Brooklyn Bridge Park, New York USA
City of New York Department of Parks and Recreation and Dumbo Arts Center

Project finalist, Brooklyn Bridge Underpass Lighting Competition
City of New York Department of Cultural Affairs. New York, 2007

2006Ripple, fiber optic sculpture, Franconia Sculpture Park, Minneapolis USA

2005Untitled, Video installation, DUMBO Arts Festival, New York USA

2004Implosions, Video installation, DUMBO Arts Festival, New York USA

HangOnDots, Virtual sculpture and etchings, (The ides of March) ABC NoRio, New York USA

Untitled, Photo etching of a video animation, (Concours) The Art Students League of NY, New York USA

2002Claustrophonic, Audio installation, (The ides of March) ABC NoRio, New York USA

1999post(c)enter, A/V installation (Critical Studies Gallery) CalArts, Los Angeles USA

1999Untitled, (Map Show) Beyond Baroque, Los Angeles USA

1996istif,(Matchbook show) Art in General, New York USA

1994“Karakum”, Exhibition at the Kasimpasa Flour Factory; Istanbul, Turkey. Grup Grip-in
(Member of the artists collaborative. The work focuses on inter-cultural, random design issues)

Project finalist, “Salt Fish”, pari EMBALLAGE; Paris, France

Publications and Awards

Fragmenta,  Public Art Review 
Winter issue 2012, p/20 click to view

Fragmenta,  Paper 01  t/AG
October 2012, p/38 through 45

Dunham, Mike  “bits and pieces” Anchorage Daily News
August 19 2012, p/ front and back cover story of Arts and Life (section)
click to view

"Alaska'ya Osman Akan heykeli", Radikal
June 15 2012, p/34 click to view

Korgül, Rana "New York'ta bir Türk sanatçı Osman Akan" Hillsider Magazine
July 2010 - No: 59, p/54-58 click to view

Amirsadeghi, Hossein "Unleashed: Contemporary Art from Turkey" TransGlobe Publishing
May 17 2010, hardcover ISBN-13: 978-0500977026

Kasa Galeri, "Kasa'da on yıl"
February 12 2010, p/306-307 ISBN: 978-605-4348-01-5

Sivri, Sezin "New York sokaklarında onun izi var" Posta Gazetesi
August 23 2009 , p/7 click to view

Aksoy, Yasemin "Türk olsan da gel!" Maison Francaise,
August 2009, p/35 click to view

Senie, Harriet F. "Public Art in New York City Parks:Celebrating 40 Years" Sculpture Magazine,
June 2008 - Vol 27 No. 5, p/18-19 click to view

"New York celebrates art in the parks" Sculpture Magazine,
December 2007 - Vol 26 No. 10, p/12 click to view

"The Third Bridge" The New York Sun
October 15 2007, coverpage click to view

Zimmer, Amy "Open spaces for art" Metro New York
October 3 2007, p/04 click to view

“Art in the Parks”, The New York Times
September 27 2007 click to view

Viveros-Fauné, Christian "The Third Bridge" exhibition brochure
September 2007

Individual Artist Grant
New York State Council on the Arts NYSCA
. New York, 2007

Fellowship Jerome Foundation 2006

Kun, A. Zeynep “Osman Akan”, Trendsetter Magazine
2004 - No07Volume03, p22 click to view

Akkam, Alia “Under a bridge, a span of styles”, Daily News
2004 / 10-14, p52 click to view

“Process”, Arredamento Dekorasyon
2000 / 07-08, p50

“Salt-Fish”, Arredamento Dekorasyon
Vol 4, p108

Salt Fish “EMBALLAGE 94”, pari EMBALLAGE; Paris, France
1994, pari EMBALLAGE handbook - 8, p33


Workshops and Lectures

Lecturer, visiting artist "Osman Akan on large sculptural installations"
Easton Pribble lecture series, April 19th 2013
Munson Williams Proctor Museum of Art

Instructor Katharine Gibbs School, Digital Media Communications Department,
Digital Filmmaking and Multimedia Department, New York, 2000-2008

Workshop Instructor performed a 3 day workshop on advanced lighting and rendering.
Istanbul Bilgi University, Department of Visual Communication Design, Istanbul/Turkey 2003

Lecturer, visiting artist "music in contemporary culture/music and popular culture"
course focused on examination of local identities from the global perspective of sound and music.
Istanbul Bilgi University, Department of Music, Istanbul/Turkey 2003

Instructor conducted several workshops on digital imaging and principles of computing for writers.
California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, 1998


Master of Fine Arts 1998
Critical Studies and Integrated Media
California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) Valencia, California

Bachelor of Fine Arts 1994
Graphic Design, Bilkent University Ankara, Turkey

Additional education activities

Printmaking 2004The Art Students League of New York
Courses in Interactive Media 1996 ArtCenter College of Design; Pasadena, California
TV and Video courses 1995 New York Institute of Technology (NYIT)