Public Art Workshop, March 2013

Public Art Workshop is Sold Out

Tues., March 12, 2013

9:30 am-3 pm

Downtown Tampa

The allure of public art commissions with their large-figure budgets have prompted many artists to take a second look at those calls. The competition is often fierce for those contracts and the field of competitors wide. The proposal and selection process can be a challenge. A public art commission is unlike all other art processes. Find out if it’s right for you and whether to steer your career that way. This workshop will give you the inside look at what happens from the call for artists to the dedication ceremony. We’ll discuss public art vs. art in public places, contracts, reading the calls for public art, the different types of art, suitable media/portfolios, timelines and much more. The experts will get together for a panel discussion and you’ll get a chance to speak personally with them during the special conversations segment at the end of the day. 


9:00-9:25 am Check-in, networking – Images of Public Art Slideshow
9:25 am Welcome – Terri Simons
Public Art – What Is It? – Robin Nigh What is public art: A look at the history, function and intent of such installations as well as the types of programs such as government commissions, percent-for-art and public/private partnerships.
The Life Cycle of a Typical Percent for Art Project from Call to Completion – Dan Myers This segment takes you through the typical stages of a percent for art project from the call for artists and selection to execution and the final dedication. The importance of time management and multi-tasking for the artist is discussed.
Navigating the Relationships: Players, Protocols, Programs – Christopher Hubbard It’s not just about the art. Learn who makes the decisions and how decisions are made about a project. We’ll also talk about regional public art programs and the Florida Association of Public Art Professionals.
How to Read the Call for Artists – Melissa LeBaron Does a call to artists for a public art project leave you scratching your head? Learn to decipher the unique language of the public art call and decide if it’s a good match for your skills – how to decide if it’s a call worth your time. Understand what the budget is and how to weigh the artist fee vs project costs.
 11:00 am BREAK – Images of Public Art Slideshow
The Application Process: Setting Yourself Apart – Michael Parker How to resond to a call to artists; how you can effectively communicate your approach and emphasize your strengths. What to consider when putting together your application, your artist statement and portfolio.
Contracts and Planning: What You Need to Know – Ann Wykell There’s many aspects to the contract that may go beyond what you expect — warranties, budgets, maintenance, permits are just a few. Know what you should be looking for and what to ask about. Minimize surprises by understanding the contract phase and what’s reasonable to expect.
 12:45 pm Networking Lunch – Images of Public Art Slideshow
Case Study –  Project: A Gateway to the Tampa Riverwalk – Bruce Marsh The Riverwall at Channelside Dr. and S. Beneficial Dr., downtown Tampa; photographic images fired on steel plates in porcelain enamel
Glamour Do’s and Don’ts – Robin Nigh A look at what works and what doesn’t in public art projects.
Panel Discussion 
2:55 pm Conversation Salon This is an optional segment. It’s your chance to ask questions and get specific answers in a smaller group setting. Participants are free to move from area to area to network with our speakers.



Robin Nigh, Manager, City of Tampa Art Programs Division: Robin Nigh is a leader in the field of contemporary public art. Nigh has developed nationally recognized programs that were also firsts in the field; this includes the Photographer Laureate Program and Lights On Tampa. Prior to her position with the City of Tampa, she served as a project administrator for Florida’s Art in State Buildings Program at Florida State University, and as Director of Sculpture Chicago from 1987 to 1990. Robin is trained as an art historian, having taught art history at Florida State University, Florida International University, and The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She received her M.A. from the Art Institute of Chicago and has completed postgraduate studies at FSU and Pennsylvania State University.

Christopher Hubbard, Cultural Affairs Specialist, City of Clearwater Cultural Affairs Division: Christopher has spent the last 10 years working in the field of public art throughout the state of Florida, with experience in state and municipal programs.  Christopher currently serves as the vice president of the Florida Association of Public Art Professionals, a state-wide collective of artists and administrators promoting awareness of the social and economic benefits of public art programs.

Melissa LeBaron, Project Coordinator, City of Tampa Art Programs Division: Melissa is primarily focused on the Public Art Program, and manages Calls-to-Artists, oversees artist contracts, maintains the Public Art inventory, manages federal grant submissions, and maintains the division’s web sites. Melissa received her B.A. from the University of Florida and recently completed the Nonprofit Management graduate certificate program at USF.

Bruce Marsh, Painter, Public Artist: Bruce is a professor emeritus at USF Tampa, where he taught for 38 years. He has an extensive record of exhibitions, grants and awards. His work can be found in the permanent collections of the National Gallery of Art (Washington D.C.), Ringling Museum of Art (Sarasota, Florida), Museum of Fine Art (St. Petersburg, Florida), Tampa Museum of Art, and the New Orleans Museum of Art. Bruce has been involved in site-specific public art projects since 1980, primarily large-scale painting, having completed more than 50 major projects.

Dan Myers, Senior Architect, Hillsborough County Public Art Program: Dan is a registered architect and has worked for Hillsborough County Architecture Services since 1999 as a project manager.  In the private sector, he has experience coordinating the work of artists and artisans doing both liturgical and high-end residential work.  Dan has a bachelor’s degree in Architectural Studies from the University of Illinois and a master of architecture from UCLA.

Michael Parker, Muralist, Public Artist: A Massachusetts native, Mike Parker received his MFA from the University of South Florida. He has completed a number of community partnerships, most recently, in Bradenton, Ruskin and Missoula, Montana. Parker’s approach to his community programs are thorough and inclusive — for the current Adamo Drive Mural project in Tampa, he incorporated art education and researched individual experiences about living, working or growing up in the Ybor City neighborhood.

Ann Wykell, principal of Social Sector Solutions and Public Art Coordinator for the Bradenton Downtown Development Authority: Ann is well known in the field of public art. Prior to her current position, Ann was highly successful as a private consultant in public art for municipalities across the country. She also served as manager of Cultural Affairs for the City of St. Petersburg from 2000-2009.

Location and Parking

Location: USF CAMLS, Classrooms 2A & 2B, 124 S. Franklin St, Tampa, FL 33602

The Public Art workshop is being held at USF Health’s Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation, a 90,000 square foot, three-story facility in downtown Tampa. Nearby parking includes the City of Tampa’s Fort Brooke Parking Garage located at the intersection of Franklin and Whiting Streets and the Levy Lot located at the intersection of Brorein St. and Florida Ave. Directions to facility.