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Last Updated: 2015-01-15

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

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 Matthew Ebinger, Secretary to the Public Art Commission, at 646-6308 or via email.

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 9, 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

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

Manchester Courthouse - Site Selection Team

The final artwork for the bronze medallion by Andrews LeFevre Studios has been approved by the PAC and the Planning Commission. Fabrication will begin and installation will be scheduled.

Riverfront Public Art Project #1 - Site Selection Team

The site selection team is currently conducting the Round Two review of submissions which should be complete by the end of March 2015. Once the Round Two review is completed, the site selection team will choose up to three finalists to continue on to the final selection round. We hope to have the finalists identified by early April, with interviews scheduled shortly thereafter.

   Pre-Proposal Webinar

   The following materials are related to the pre-proposal informational webinar that was held on August 7, 2014
   at 1 P.M. EDT. The full Request for Qualifications - Call for Artists can be found at the bottom of this page.

  • Riverfront Public Art Project #1 Pre-proposal Informational Webinar – Presentation
  • Riverfront Public Art Project #1 Pre-proposal Informational Webinar – Question & Answer
    Q & A Session
  • Dam Walk/Southbank - Infrastructure Plans
    Infrastructure Plans (Summer 2014)

   Public Meeting Materials

Maggie L. Walker - Site Selection Team

The Maggie L. Walker Site Selection Team will meet at 10:00 AM on Friday, February 27 at the Maggie Walker Historic Site (600 North 2nd Street, Richmond VA 23219). This will be a closed session meeting for the site selection team to interview the finalists for the project.

   Pre-Proposal Webinar

   The following materials are related to the pre-proposal informational webinar that was held on June 19, 2014
   at 1 P.M. EDT. The full Request for Qualifications - Call for Artists can be found at the bottom of this page.

  • Maggie L. Walker Pre-proposal Informational Webinar – Presentation
  • Maggie L. Walker Pre-proposal Informational Webinar – Question & Answer
    Q & A Session

   Public Meeting Materials

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
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
Ms. Lynn McAteer Planning Commission
Mr. Paul DiPasquale CultureWorks
Ms. Holly Morrison 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

Contact Information:

Public Art Commission
City of Richmond
900 E. Broad St., Room 510
Richmond, VA
23219 USA
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Fax: (804)646-5789
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