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Public Art Board


Board Responsibilities

The Public Art Board provides expert community input on public art for the City of Calgary. This Board is responsible for:

  • Promoting awareness and understanding of the importance of high-quality public art.
  • Recommending and advising on public art policies, guidelines, plans and issues as they relate to the City of Calgary.
  • Reviewing all public art project plans to ensure established criteria are met.
  • Reviewing all acquisitions and donations of public art according to established criteria.
  • Acting as a resource to City Council and to its boards, agencies and the administration on all public art matters.
  • Supporting Public Art staff in carrying out the Mission of the Public Art Policy.

Board members

The required composition of the public art board is defined in the Public Art Board Terms of Reference​ as being comprised of nine representatives, with a minimum of two visual artists, and the remaining from the following disciplines, one of whom will be a representative from The Calgary Arts Development Authority (CADA):

  • Arts Administrators
  • Arts Consultants
  • Art Historians and Heritage Professionals
  • Architects, Landscape Architects and other Design Professionals
  • Business Representatives
  • Engineers
  • Visual Art Conservators and Curators
  • Citizens at Large

Current Board Members:

  • Madeleine King
  • Lisa Gibson
  • Dr. Anuradha Gobin
  • Carrie Phillips Kieser
  • Tamara Marajh
  • Linda Shaikh
  • Kiran Somanchi
  • Joey Stewart
  • Katherine Wagner

Madeleine King (Chair)

Madeleine is a Civic Affairs Consultant who works with businesses and communities on planning issues. She served as a City Councillor from 2001 to 2007, handling visionary densification, especially in the Beltline, and championed Calgary’s now vibrant arts’ scene. She was a founding member of Calgary Arts Development, having been appointed by City Council previously to lead a review of civic arts policies, and having successfully spearheaded the adoption of resulting new policies and funding. Currently she is Chair of the City’s Public Art Board.

In addition to experience as a business-owner, lawyer, mediator, and fund-raising consultant, Madeleine is a certified Director (ICD.D) and has served on numerous boards including: UNICEF Canada (National By-laws Chair), Calgary Airport Authority (Chair Governance and Compensation Committee) and the City’s representative on the Calgary Exhibition and Stampede.

Lisa Gibson

Lisa is extremely excited by the opportunity to serve the community through the Public Art Board. As a professional who has worked for real estate owners in downtown Calgary for many years, she is committed to the high standards that make Calgary such a great place to live. She offers valuable expertise, experience and insight that will benefit the Board.

Lisa has been involved in the installation of key art projects downtown, including Beverly Pepper’s Nuova Twist at Bankers Court and Outlaw the Bull at Fifth Avenue Place. She will bring diversity and perspective to the committee through her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in education, a strong appreciation of art as an integral landscape component and practical understanding from a property owner’s perspective. Lisa strongly believes that art is an essential element in public spaces that encourages discussion and provides social value within our urban spaces.

Lisa feels being on the Public Art Board is a welcome opportunity to participate in an important process and give back to the community.

Dr. Anuradha Gobin (Citizen-at-Large)

Anuradha is an Assistant Professor of Art History in the Department of Art at the University of Calgary. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Calgary, she earned a PhD in Art History from McGill University and completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Sainsbury Institute for Art at the University of East Anglia in the United Kingdom.

Dr. Gobin’s research specialization is Renaissance / Early Modern art, with particular focus on the visual culture of Northern Europe and its colonies in the Atlantic world. Her research is concerned with the role of visual culture in engaging citizens and facilitating the emergence of the public sphere in the early modern world. She has received funding for this research from a number of agencies including the Renaissance Society of America, Les Fonds Québécois de la Recherche sur la Société et la Culture (FQRSC), the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation, the Canadian Centre for Architecture and the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art.

Anuradha believes in the importance of civic engagement and the centrality of visual culture to public life. She is committed to collaborative work beyond the boundaries of academia and looks forward to contributing to the continued vitality of the city of Calgary.

Carrie Phillips Kieser (Visual Artist)

Carrie Phillips Kieser is a print media artist living and working in Calgary, Alberta. She has a diploma in Architectural Drafting and Design from NSCC, a Bachelor of Arts Degree with distinction from Mount Allison University, Sackville New Brunswick and has studied Art History at UCLA.  She has exhibited her work nationally and internationally.  She is the she is the current Executive Director of Alberta Printmakers (A/P), a non-profit & artist-run centre in Calgary, Alberta. Prior to becoming the director, she sat on their board for 3 years.  She worked with Royal Conservatory of Music’s Learning Through the Arts program for 2 years and continues to teach art to children in the evenings through a private Art Studio. She believes that art education for today’s youth will build better educated, informed and creative communities in the future.  With a growing interest in art that is accessible to all, she is looking forward to serving on the Calgary Public Art Board.

Tamara Marajh

Tamara is a practicing Landscape Architect in Calgary, currently working with an energetic team at DIALOG. She is a born and raised Calgarian, and loves everything it has to offer – a vibrant art scene, close proximity to the mountains and a thriving urban downtown.

Tamara graduated with a Bachelor of Communication and Culture with a Minor in the History of Art and Architecture from the University of Calgary. After living and working in Europe for a quick couple of years, she chose to continue her professional journey by moving to Winnipeg to complete her Masters of Landscape Architecture at the University of Manitoba. She finalized her Master's thesis "Stealing a look on your way to life: The relationship between public art and landscape architecture" upon returning to Calgary. Tamara is currently the Chair of the Beltline Park and Public Places committee and is an active participant in community events. Tamara believes that landscape architecture has a dynamic relationship with public art, and that both are important parts of our society.

Linda Shaikh

Linda is a practicing multi-media artist, exhibiting her work nationally and internationally. She holds a Bachelors degree from Pratt Institute, New York, with further studies at The Art Institute of Chicago, the Instituto Allende, Mexico and the International School of Painting, Drawing and Sculpture in Umbria, Italy. Recently, in 2015, she received a Special Case M.A. from the University of Calgary. Drawing from her community work with a marginalized population, her thesis examined the importance of art and the creative studio in an educational context.

She has taught art history, drawing, painting and photography to all age groups, from pre-school, elementary and secondary schools, community organizations, to Continuing Education at Mount Royal University and the University of Calgary. She is a member of the University of Calgary Senate, and chaired the Community Engagement Committee. Presently, Linda is a Director on several boards, including, Calgary Urban Projects, The Nickle Art Galleries and Canadians for Global Care.

Kiran Somanchi

Kiran is an actively engaged citizen who wants to elevate Calgary's status as an arts and culture hub both within the city and outside. He's been involved in several groundbreaking and award-winning place-making activities such as Bow to Bluff, Audiomob and containR village that aim to engage citizens at a grassroots level in unique and non-traditional ways. Kiran is an engineer who currently works for Shell.

Joey Stewart (Citizen-at-Large)

Joey Stewart is a community builder, change maker, art lover, collector and adventure traveller. Joey has been an active and committed volunteer her entire life. She was reappointed to the Calgary Board of Health four times; served as Chairman for the Learning Centre, a research and demonstration project for Children with Learning Difficulties; a founding member of the Salvation Army’s Agape Hospice. Joey is currently Chair, Pathways to Sustainability Calgary and is the imagine KILLARNEY Steward of the Killarney Glengarry Community Association on which Board she has served twice.

She is retired from Imperial Oil working in Health, Safety and Environment. Her particular interests are in Strategic Planning, Long Term Sustainability and ethics & good governance. She has been deeply involved in the art world of Canadian emerging artists in the 1970’s and 80’s associated with the Shell Canada Art Committee. She works in porcelain & clay and silk & wool fibres. Her porcelain sculpture, ‘Paeonia’ has been inducted in the Contemporary Ceramics Museum in Jingdezhen, China. Joey and her husband, Lorne are passionate travellers. They have been to 43 countries - and counting - where they focus on the people, history, culture, food and art. The legacy she seeks to create is to leave Calgary a more beautiful city than it is - a great place to make a living; a great place to make are a life.

Katherine Wagner

Katherine Wagner is an architect and associate with the national, integrated design firm DIALOG and has undertaken projects within the institutional, educational and cultural sectors. She was elected to the College of Fellows of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada in 2013 for demonstration of great dedication to bettering her community and profession.

Katherine is a board member of Calgary Arts Development Authority, Chair of the Governance and Human Resources Committee and served two terms as Chair of the Cultural Spaces Investment Process Assessment Committee. Katherine has served on numerous committees and professional organizations including; The City of Calgary East Village Design Review Panel, Assessor for the Canadian Architectural Certification Board Accreditation Team and Advisory Committee for Canada Council for the Arts. She is past President of the Alberta Association of Architects having served five years on the Association Council and is a sessional instructor with the Faculty of Environmental Design at the University of Calgary.