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Last Updated: 2018-07-05

In 1991, the Planning Commission, on the recommendation of City Council, appointed a Public Art Commission (PAC) to administer a Public Art Program. In January of 1997, City Council passed an ordinance formalizing the Percent-for- the-Arts Process and mandating its funding through the Capital Improvements budget.

Public Art Commission Meetings and Agendas
are available on the Legistar Calendar:

✔   Submission Checklist for Public Art Projects on City Owned Property

– Review by Public Art Commission

  1. Site plan showing the lot, location and dimensions of the proposed artwork.
  2. Scaled drawing, rendering or photo of the proposed artwork showing size and placement.
  3. Detailed materials description and installation plan.
  4. Proposed maintenance instructions.
  5. Letter of approval signed by the director or designee from the department that is the responsible entity for the site proposed.

All application must be submitted at least 21 calendar days in advance of the regular monthly Public Art Commission meeting. Please contact Public Art staff prior to submitting materials to discuss the project.

The applicant is responsible for securing any additional city permits needed to install the artwork including work in street permits, electrical, plumbing or structural inspections to ensure the artwork is installed to comply with all necessary safety and structural precautions.

Public Art Commission Monthly Meetings

The meeting schedule for the Public Art Commission is the fourth Thursday of the month at 4:00 p.m. for an informal meeting and 4:30 p.m. for the regular meeting in the 5th floor conference room at City Hall unless otherwise noted*. For further assistance please contact Land Use Administration, at (804) 646-6304 or via email. Click here to sign up for our mailing list.

Meeting Dates 2018

January 25 February 22 March 22 April 26
May 24 June 28 July 26 August 23
September 27 October 25 November 29 * December 27

* Note: This date is a deviation from the normal schedule.

Public Art Master Plan

What is a Public Art Master Plan?

The Public Art Master Plan is a ten-year plan that will provide a clear vision for the future of public art in Richmond. The plan will include goals for Richmond's public art, define priorities and artistic approaches for the program, identify strategic partnerships and possible sources of alternative funding, and provide direction for ongoing program development and management. The plan will also address opportunities for ongoing public engagement, support increased opportunities for public art, and celebrate art as an essential element for a thriving community.

Why does the City need a Public Art Master Plan?

The Percent for the Arts fund currently has a balance of approximately $2.8 million. The Public Art Master plan will guide the city’s and community’s future investment into public art. The plan will update all policies to reflect current standards and create a platform for community engagement, artistic excellence and comprehensive integration of public art into city processes. The City of Richmond owns 44 artworks values at $1.46 million that need to be inventoried, assessed, and maintained on a regular basis. The master plan and available funding enable Richmond to increase the size, quality and scope of its public art collection and gain national recognition in the arts scene.

PAC Membership Composition

The PAC consists of eleven members, appointed by the Planning Commission, with staggered three year terms with the opportunity for reappointment for one additional term, making a total possible term of service of six years.

The representatives from the Urban Design Committee and the Planning Commission shall serve terms on the PAC that are coincident with their appointments to those bodies. The Director of Planning and Development Review shall hold a permanent seat on the Commission as liaison to the staff.

Additionally, the commission is comprised of representatives from the fields of visual arts, visual arts education, and architecture, along with two citizen representatives.

Attendance is required and any member who misses three consecutive meetings or more than four in a year will be automatically retired from the commission.

The current members are:

Members Affiliation
Dr. Sarah Bainter Cunningham, Chair Citizen
Ms. Ashley Kistler, Vice Chair Visual Arts
Mr. Mark Olinger Director, Department of Planning and Development Review
Mr. Christopher Arias Urban Design Committee
Mr. Vik Murthy Planning Commission
Mr. Paul DiPasquale CultureWorks
    Vacant Architect
Mr. Ed Trask Visual Arts
Ms. Anne Fletcher Visual Arts
Ms. Sarah Driggs Citizen
Mr. Francis Thompson Arts Education

For more information about the members or their terms, contact the Public Art Coordinator.

Percent-for-Art Program

The Percent-for-Art program ensures that the highest quality art will have a place in public spaces throughout the city. The program encourages the participation of the surrounding communities in various stages of the artworks' development.

Based on national public art models in 27 states and nearly 200 municipalities, Richmond's Public Art Program follows well-established guidelines adapted to our particular needs.

A 1% allocation for art is earmarked from the city's Capital Budget of appropriate new or renovation construction projects having budgets over $250,000. Appropriate projects are ones that provide public services and accessibility, such as firehouses, police precincts, courthouses and detention centers, hospitals, clinics, passenger terminals, parks, and recreation centers.

Once funding has been established, a Site Selection Team is convened, consisting of a representative of the staff of the facility being built or expanded, members of the community, the architect, a city official from the sponsoring agency, and two to three members of the Public Art Commission, one of whom is an artist.

Through an open call-to-artists, applications are reviewed for artistic quality and appropriateness of their ideas or concepts to the specific project. The site requirements and the nature of the community are seriously considered when the selection team makes its recommendations to the Public Art Commission for final approval of the selected artwork.

Call for Artists

    Hull Street Library Project – Call for Artists - Submission Due Date: April 20, 2017
    This call is CLOSED.
      Finalists were notified in June 2017.
        Winner Mickael Broth's submission for "Perfect Bound" (sculpture) was selected in December 2017.
          Publicity announcements:
            Mickael Broth Sculpture To Be Installed At Hull Street Public Library.
            Richmond artist wins commission from city for Hull Street sculpture.

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