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Public Art Boosted with New Art Administrator and Programs

Monday December 23, 2013

City hires Public Art Administrator and puts public art online

Louisville’s public art profile is on the rise, Mayor Greg Fischer announced today, with the hiring of Sarah Lindgren to be the city’s new Public Art Administrator, and progress made on goals of the city’s Commission on Public Art.

Lindgren will serve as the administrative manager for the Commission. She will advise, direct and evaluate the application for grants and donation proposals to Louisville Metro, and she is responsible for developing a plan for the care, conservation and maintenance of the Louisville Public Art Collection, both of which were called for the in the Public Art Master Plan, among other things.

“With a dedicated public art administrator now on board, we expect to see public art take a front seat in development discussions, and elevate the role of public art in our built environment,” Fischer said. “Sarah is a great addition to our team and fills a need for our artist community looking to be able to contribute to our public landscape.”

The Louisville Public Art Master Plan is the Commission’s guiding document, adopted in 2010, which calls for a public art administrator, who will set public art policies, identify a framework for documenting and maintain existing public art, and identify potential funding sources for the care and creation of public art.

Lindgren comes most recently from the Speed Art Museum, as director of Principal Gifts and Membership and director of Corporate and Foundation Development. She also was Assistant Registrar at the Saint Louis Art Museum. Lindgren was hired on a renewable annual contract which was competitively bid and awarded. She begins on January 6, 2014.

The Commission on Public Art also has recently written and approved siting guidelines, which were signed into policy by Fischer this month. These guidelines will ensure that all artwork in public spaces is sited through an open and transparent process that is implemented with care and attention to issues of safety, accessibility, and excellence in quality. They will instruct both Metro staff responsible for managing public spaces, and any person that wants to put artwork in public spaces, about the standard processes required for the review, approval, installation, and maintenance of artwork.

“Most importantly, this means that we can engage with artists and potential donors to increase the amount of public art in our community,” Fischer said.

Louisville’s existing public art also is now accessible online, through a new public art database, which catalogs artworks in Louisville by keywords, artist name, medium, date, and other details. Virtual exhibits also are available online, which are selected pieces of the full public collection and which contain extended explanations about the works and their background. These exhibits are curated by the city’s collection management consultant, Commission interns and guest curators.

To learn more about the Commission on Public Art, the siting guidelines, and online inventory, please visit www.louisvilleky.gov/economicdevelopment/commissiononpublicart.