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Last Updated: 2014-08-20

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 2014 Agenda Minutes
January 14, 2014 Agenda Minutes
February 11, 2014 Agenda Minutes
March 11, 2014 Agenda Minutes
April 8, 2014 Agenda Minutes
May 13, 2014 Agenda Minutes
June 10, 2014 Agenda Minutes
July 8, 2014 Agenda Minutes
August 12, 2014 Agenda Minutes
September 9, 2014 Agenda Minutes
October 14, 2014 Agenda Minutes
November 11, 2014 Agenda Minutes
December 9, 2014 Agenda Minutes

Special Meeting

The Public Art Commission will have a special meeting at 9:15 a.m. on August 26, 2014 in the 5th Floor Conference Room of City Hall. Agenda.

Riverfront Public Art Project #1 - Site Selection Team

The full Request for Qualifications - Call for Artists can be found at the bottom of this page.


   Pre-Proposal Webinar

The following materials are related to the pre-proposal informational webinar that was held on Thursday, August 7, 2014 at 1 P.M. EDT.


   Public Meeting Materials

Maggie L. Walker - Site Selection Team

   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
    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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