Public art is an art term that stands for art work exhibited and interpreted in open spaces or places open to public in accordance with a specific plan and implementation. Public art has specialty that diversifies the relation between people and locations. Public art effects the environment positively and enables the users to take up public locations. Public art aims to develop a peace society based on mutual understanding, tolerance and respect; as a part of this, develop the significance given by the community to art produced in public areas; and contribute to make art accessible for everybody.
Ceramics tiles have always been a guide for the cultural and social development of the cultures they exist in. Examples for traditional tiles and ceramics tiles used in architecture are found in famous palaces, mansions, mosques and many more valuable works and as for that they still maintain their existence without deceiving the elegance and vitality of their original color and design. The tradition that started in this land 8000 years ago, retain with technical, esthetic and cultural values by tiles that still continue to be used as an interior and exterior wall coating by affiliating both western and eastern cultures in either industrial or artistic sense. In this context, Uşak University has been organizing a competition to maintain young national and international artists to express their personal expressions of tile art since 2010. The works submitted in those competitions enrich the esthetic values of contemporary tile art from past to present.
The greatest reward for the young artists who receive awards is the ‘Ceramics Tile’ Memorial Wall designed within the university campus. This public art monument also serves for the society. By means of such memorial walls that rebound future, university campus attains art works and the students of different faculties are educated by perceiving art within those art works.
Keywords: Public art, ceramic, tile, competition.