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Last Updated: 2016-03-14

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.

Meeting Information

Public Art Commission Meetings and Agendas are being migrated to Legistar. Please see the Legistar Calendar here

The Public Art Commission meets every second Tuesday of the Month in the 5th floor conference room of City Hall at 9:15 a.m. unless otherwise noted. For further assistance please contact Ellyn Parker, Secretary to the Public Art Commission, at 804-646-1110 or via emailSign up for our mailing list here

Meeting Date 2015 Agenda Minutes
January 20, 2015 * Agenda Minutes
February 10, 2015 Agenda Minutes
March 10, 2015 Agenda Minutes
April 14, 2015 Agenda Minutes
May 12, 2015 Agenda Minutes
June 11, 2015* Agenda Minutes
July 14, 2015 Agenda Minutes
August 11, 2015 Agenda Minutes
September 8, 2015 Agenda Minutes
October 13, 2015 Agenda Minutes
November 10, 2015 Agenda Minutes
December 8, 2015 Agenda Minutes
Meeting Date 2016 Agenda Minutes
January 12, 2016 Agenda Minutes
February 9, 2016 Agenda Minutes
March 8, 2016 Agenda Minutes
April 12, 2016 Agenda Minutes
May 10, 2016 Agenda Minutes
June 14, 2016 Agenda Minutes
July 12, 2016 Agenda Minutes
August 9, 2016 Agenda Minutes
September 13, 2016 Agenda Minutes
October 11, 2016 Agenda Minutes
November 8, 2016 Agenda Minutes
December 13, 2016 Agenda Minutes

* NOTE: This is a deviation from the normal schedule.

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Public Art Master Plan

The City of Richmond’s Public Art Commission is creating a comprehensive plan for public art in the city and is seeking public input. The Public Art Master Plan is a five-to-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.

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Manchester Courthouse - Site Selection Team

The bronze medallion by Andrews LeFevre Studios is completed and the installation is being scheduled for Summer 2016.

Riverfront Public Art Project #1 - Site Selection Team

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Maggie L. Walker - Site Selection Team

Maggie L Walker Site team meeting March 15, 2016 5:30 PM

Maggie L. Walker Plaza Design Presentation
Public Art Commission

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Membership Composition

The Public Art Commission has a vacancy for one of the Visual Arts seats on this advisory commission to the Planning Commission. The Public Art Commission meets the second Tuesday of the month at 9:15 am. The appointment is a 3 year term and regular attendance and participation in other selection teams is necessary. Please contact the Secretary to the Commission with any questions. The application is due March 2, 2016 by 5 pm.    Commission Application

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
Ms. Susan Reed, Chair Architect
Mr. Francis Thompson, Vice Chair Visual Arts Education
Mr. Mark Olinger Director, Department of Planning and Development Review
Mr. Christopher Arias Urban Design Committee
Mr. David Johannas Planning Commission
Mr. Paul DiPasquale CultureWorks
VACANT Please contact the Secretary to the Public Art Commission for the application and details Visual Artist
Mr. Ed Trask Visual Artist
Ms. Anne Fletcher Visual Artist
Ms. Sarah Driggs Citizen
Ms. Sarah Cunningham Citizen

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
There are no current calls for artists.

Contact Information:

Public Art Commission
City of Richmond
900 E. Broad St., Room 510
Richmond, VA
23219 USA
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