Past COPA Series Events


The Louisville Commission on Public Art organized three free and open-to-the-public events to propose a new way of commissioning, funding and conserving public art.

The first event presented a model for a transparent process for evaluating possible new proposed works of art, installations and sites. The second event brought together government, the development community and arts professionals to discuss how to partner in building the Public Space Art Fund.

The third event addresses issues of responsibility and presents an overview of how to maintain, care and preserve works of art in public space, whether owned publicly or privately. 

Event 1:
Mayor's Gallery, Metro Hall, 527 W. Jefferson St., on March 21, 2012 at 5 p.m.

Six teams were invited to present a proposal for an artistic response to either Caperton Swamp or Manslick Road: The Loop Trailhead. Five teams presented their ideas.

Click here to read ideas competition brief.

Click here to read artist and juror biographies.

See video below of presentations of the first Artist Series event.

Event 2:
Multiple Views: Developers, Attorneys and Accountants Explore the Fee-In-Lieu Option

Mayor Greg Fischer and the Louisville Commission on Public Art invited members of the development community to discuss the optional Fee-In-Lieu of an outdoor amenity as prescribed by the Land Development Code, and the Public Space Art Fund. 

Event 3:
September 14 – 15

The Power of Public Space
Mayor’s Gallery, Metro Hall / Speed Museum / 21c Museum

The Louisville Commission on Public Art partners with the International Network for the Conservation of Contemporary Art – North America and the Speed Art Museum to bring, for the first time, a national art conservators conference to Louisville. The Power of Public Space invites conservators, artists, and citizens to discuss the importance of preserving the artist’s vision and the solutions for conserving and maintaining art in public spaces.

The Artist Event Series has been made possible by the generosity of Brooke Brown Barzun, Marlene Grissom, Mary Moss Greenebaum and 21c Museum.

Special thanks to the COPA/University of Louisville research team Renée Murphy, Jenée Rue Sastry, Rosalie Rosenthal, Marcy Werner, and Ryann Paige Bennett.