Public Art Commission

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Members

Commission members must be residents of Linn County. They are appointed by the Board of Supervisors to a three-year term.
  • Lu Barron
  • Lynda Black-Smith
  • Bradd Brown
  • Michael Denney
  • Loren Hoffman
  • Linda Langston, Board of Supervisors
  • Kristin Novak
  • William Stamats
  • Sean Ulmer
Commission's Beginning
In January 2010, the Linn County Board of Supervisors unanimously passed an ordinance that established a Public Art Commission to select artists, commission artwork, review the design / installation of artwork, and maintain artwork in new or renovated county buildings.

Following the devastating flooding of 2008, Linn County began the process of renovating and constructing four buildings that will benefit from the public art ordinance (Community Services Building of Linn County; Jean Oxley Public Service Center; Juvenile Justice Center; and the Linn County Courthouse). Due to the number of public buildings that Linn County is rebuilding and constructing new as a result of the flood, the Board of Supervisors determined this was a once-in-lifetime opportunity to incorporate public art into the design of county buildings and to enhance the aesthetic value of public spaces, highlight the importance of art, and to make a lasting impact on public buildings for generations to enjoy.

Budget
The budget for public art in qualifying county buildings will be 1% of the total estimated construction costs of each project, unless otherwise designated by the Board of Supervisors. The Board of Supervisors will review each construction project to determine if it qualifies for public art.

Community Partnerships
The Linn County Public Art Program is truly a partnership between the community and the county. The Public Art Commission is made up of nine members, two of whom are members of the Linn County Board of Supervisors. The remaining seven commission members are Linn County citizens who have expertise in the arts, architecture, or related areas and have volunteered to serve on the commission. In addition to the commission, there are three Artist Selection Committees made up of 27 Linn County residents
The first Linn County buildings to benefit from public art are:
  • Community Services Building of Linn County
  • Jean Oxley Linn County Public Service Center
  • Juvenile Justice Center
  • Linn County Courthouse
  • Wickiup Hill Learning Center
The budgeted amount for the public art in these four Linn County buildings totals approximately $340,000.

Commission’s Purpose
The commission’s purpose is to develop policy related to selecting artists, commissioning artwork, reviewing design, and installing the artwork and the maintenance of art for works of art in new or renovated county buildings.

According to the ordinance, “public art” means original works of art, which may include sculpture, fountains, bas-reliefs, mosaics, frescoes, wall hangings, crafts, photography, pictures, or other enhancements to be integrated into the total environment of the building.

Contact Information
For more information about the Linn County Public Art Commission, call 319-892-5101 or email.