Public Art Commission


Meetings are held not less than quarterly at the call of the Chairman.

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are prepared before each meeting. Minutes are available following approval.
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The Public Art Commission consists of 2 members from each ward and up to 2 at-large members. All members have equal voting rights. All terms are 2-year, renewable terms.

  • Alderman Skip Mange (Chairman),Ward 1
  • Jane Tracy (Regular member), Ward 1
  • Rena Abrams (Regular member), Ward 1
  • Tim Bischof (At Large member), Ward 2
  • Nan Kulkarni (Regular member), Ward 2
  • William Schawacker (Regular member), Ward 2
  • Mary Beth Wilson (Regular member), Ward 3
  • Michelle Francisco (Regular member), Ward 3
  • David Murphy (At Large member), Ward 4


Responsibilities and duties of the Public Art Commission shall include, but are not limited to, the following:

1. Make recommendations of any work of visual art to be acquired by the City, whether by purchase, gift or otherwise, and to recommend and supervise its proposed location;

2. Recommend the removal, relocation or alteration of any existing work of visual art in the possession of the City;

3. Examine works of visual art and make recommendation to the Mayor in reference to the purchase of City-owned works of art;

4. Advise the Mayor of the artistic merit and value of paintings, sculptures and other fine art articles offered to the City as donations or for purchase, or proposed for disposition by the City;

5. Confer with persons who have offered to donate or loan fine art to the City which may be placed on public sites or in public buildings in an endeavor to increase the aesthetic appeal and beauty of such public sites and buildings and the City in general;

6. Investigate and process the means by which fine art can be obtained, including the identification of grants which may be available for the purpose of acquiring such fine art, whether through Federal, State or other governmental agencies or bodies through whom such grants may be obtained, and generally do whatever may be necessary or appropriate to acquire such fine art and to bring such opportunities to the attention of the Mayor;

7. Review both the proposed visual art and its proposed location for aesthetic quality and harmony with proposed municipal construction;

8. Act as an advisory committee to other City boards, departments or commissions in all matters and deliberations pertaining to visual art and aesthetics, if requested by such body or department;

9. Encourage the display of visual art for public enjoyment; to include the planning and promotion of events for the public to encourage access to the arts for all residents. 

10. Make recommendations concerning ongoing curatorship and maintenance of City-owned visual art; and

11. To report to the Mayor, in writing, all of its recommendations, deliberations and minutes of each meeting.