Public Art Commission
March 18, 2010
Commissioners: Davis, Bussell, Edson, Wilkerson, Garrington, Pugh, Hanks (staff)
Approval of Minutes
Minutes of February 18, 2010 were approved with amendments (attached)
Discussion of lack of responses to Calle RFP
Bussell stated that only one submittal was received and didn’t feel it was adequate to accept.
Committee discussed whether to keep or modify the existing format and criteria for the Calle art. Pugh suggested making the art permanent rather than expiring. Wilkerson suggested removing the current theme and allowing unlimited works.
Garrington commented that from an artist perspective, the current format may work fine.
Wilkerson moved to reject Calle submission. Second Edson, unanimous approval.
Committee discussed and ultimately agreed to create an agenda item for April meeting to make final decision on Calle format and criteria. Issues for discussion include pursuit of local purchases with payment over time, new call for permanent placement and a vote on the theme and whether or not to include a local preference criteria
Discuss PAC meeting time
Motion/Second/Approve to set meeting time from 8:15 to 9:45
Update of process to select artist for Gateway Project
Committee discussed the importance of artist education, a pre-visit to Ashland by the artist with a possible connection with a related local event to add energy and exposure to the project. Community education and reasoning/mission/background of the project is important. The earlier the education and info happens on project, the better. A clear public involvement process is very important.
PAC powers, duties, membership (cont.)
Wilkerson suggested and committee agreed that the primary change is to ensure that the word “public” is added whenever the word art appears in the code to ensure that the powers, duties and charge are clear and explicit that their work involves only public art.
The Committee agreed to recommend removing the phrase “creation of a” from the fifth sentence of the purpose statement and deletion of the word “will” from the final sentence.. The group also agreed to recommend the deletion of “open to the public” in AMC 2.17.070 E and replace it with “public spaces” After discussion regarding the existing membership requirements, no changes were recommended.
Bussell noted that the next meeting is April 15, 2011 and that a new Commission Chair will need to be elected. Bussell indicated that Edson was interested and willing to take that role. An agenda item for the nomination and vote will be on the April agenda.