Art is a second-generation police officer, following his father's example.
Art started his career in law enforcement as a reserve police officer with the city of Silverton, Oregon. He relocated to Southern Oregon and continued his volunteer work with the City of Phoenix. He was hired full-time in 1999. In May of 2001, Art started his career with the City of Ashland. During his time with the City of Ashland, he has served in positions including Patrol Officer, Field Training Officer, Firearms Instructor, Domestic Violence Instructor, Detective, and Officer In Charge. Prior to police work, Art served in the Marine Corps Reserve 1990-1998. He earned his bachelorís in Criminology from Southern Oregon University.