Public Art Commission Regular Meeting Minutes
Friday, October 21, 2011
Public Art Commission
October 21, 2011
Commissioners: Davis, Friend, Garrington, Pugh, Bussell, Seltzer (staff), Capovilla (student liaison)
Slattery (Council Liaison)
Call to Order
The meeting was called to order at 8:15 a.m.
Approval of Minutes
Minutes were approved with corrections.
Garrington introduced guest Leigh Hood who is considering asking to be appointed to the Public Art Commission.
Enders Alley Mural
Nicole Shulters presented the paint samples for her proposed mural on Enders Alley. Generally the commission feels the design of an urban landscape is not appropriate for Ashland and asked her to tone consider modifying the image to be more reflective of an “Ashland, small town” urban design. Davis encouraged Nicole to connect with muralist Robert Beckman for some guidance. PAC has delayed approval of the mural until Nicole returns to the November meeting with a revised design.
Fire Station No. 2
Fire Chief John Karns provided an overview of the design for Fire Station No. 2. The commission reviewed the plans and identified areas that might be appropriate for public art. The one half of one percent for public art for this project equates to $15,000.
Davis passed around images of public art on Fire Stations located in other communities and noted some incorporate a fire theme into the art and other don’t . Ideas for public art included etched glass, enhancement of the proposed pergola, bollards, bike racks, proposed public Plaza etc.
There was some discussion about spending the entire amount of $15,000 on art for Fire Station No. or to allocate a portion of the funds for the Gateway Project. The commission unanimously agreed to use to the entire amount for public art at the station.
The commission reviewed the revised RFQ which reflects edits from the City Attorney and commissioners Garrington and Friend.
Seltzer has asked the Regional Arts Commission of Portland for sample contracts: one for the finalist selected to develop proposals and one for the artist selected for the final piece. Ideally the commission would like to issue a Call for Artists and post the RFP and sample contracts by November. Seltzer will ask the City Attorney to review the sample contract prior to posting and Garrington will gather all the components of the Call to Artists including the site plan, photos of the area and the final approved RFQ and send to Seltzer for posting.
Bussell submitted PAC preferred wording for the Hardesty memorial to the sub-committee of the Parks Commission. The full commission will make a final decision at their meeting on Monday, October 31. Friend suggested back-up language is “honoring Jack Hardesty” if the Park commission does not like the use of “In memory…”
Bussell and Seltzer met with a representative of the Jackson County Cultural Trust about the PAC application for funds for the new pedestal to be located in the Calle. The Trust will make the award allocations in November.
Pugh will incorporate the JCCC award information into the article she is drafting for the Ashland Gallery Guide.
Seltzer asked the PAC to consider the request of Ashland resident Tom Foster to repair and relocate the Lincoln statue. The PAC will discuss this item at their November meeting.
Meeting adjourned at 9:55.