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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.
  • Presenting an Annual Report to Council.

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
  • Civil Engineers
  • Visual Art Conservators and Curators
  • Citizens at Large

Current Board Members:

  • Madeleine King
  • Craig Reardon (Vice Chair)
  • Lisa Gibson
  • Eveline Kolijn
  • Tamara Marajh
  • JoAnn Reynolds
  • Linda Shaikh
  • Kiran Somanchi
  • 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.

Craig Reardon (Vice Chair)

Craig is a Calgary-based Certified Public Accountant and Real Estate Advisor. He recently retired as Vice-President of Administration for Encana Corporation where he was responsible for financial accounting, budgets, forecasting, internal audit, information technology integration and real estate during the past 35 years. Over the final nine years of his career at Encana Craig was the Project Lead on Calgary’s premier office tower THE BOW. Craig is very passionate about the value of Public Art and about the responsibility of Building Owners and Developers to give back to the Community by commissioning outstanding works. This interest was a driving force behind Craig’s involvement in the recently completed Jaume Plensa work called “Wonderland” in the downtown area.

Craig was born and raised in Calgary where he lives with his family and is actively involved in the community.  He currently sits on the Board of the Wildcats Football Association of Calgary where he has served as Treasurer and General Manager for the past 20 years. He is also a past Treasurer of the Elboya Heights Community Association, a former President of the Rideau Park School Parents Association and a former President of the Pacekids Rehabilitation Society.

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.

Eveline Kolijn

Eveline Kolijn is a printmedia and multidisciplinary artist. She received a Master’s degree in Cultural Anthropology from the Rijksuniversiteit Leiden, The Netherlands. She immigrated to Canada in 1997, and graduated from the Alberta College of Art + Design in 2008. She has exhibited and presented on her art nationally and internationally.

Eveline strongly believes that the arts enrich society, and wants to share her experience and passion in learning environments and community involvement.  She is a lead-artist with the Royal Conservatory of Music’s Learning Through the Arts program and Extended Studies instructor at the Alberta College of Art + Design.

She has served on the board of Alberta Printmaker’s Society and is also an artist-mentor and founding board member of the THIS IS MY CITY Art Society, an organization that fosters art-making opportunities for and with people who have the experience of, or are at risk of homelessness. 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 Ground3 Landscape Architects. 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.

JoAnn Reynolds

An arts administration professional, JoAnn has applied her skills to a variety of industries including municipal and federal governments and agencies, tourism and educational institutions. For the last 15 years, JoAnn has focused her skills promoting and celebrating Calgary’s vibrant arts scene. From Publicist, then Marketing Director at Alberta Theatre Projects, to freelance publicity and volunteer roles with dance, theatre, film and music events, JoAnn has developed extensive experience promoting and cultivating partnerships in Calgary’s arts sector. 

Working as Communications Manager at Calgary Arts Development Authority in 2012, during Calgary's tenure as a Cultural Capital of Canada, solidified JoAnn's passion for connecting and growing the capacity of arts administrators in the city. After a couple years at home with young children, it was time to dive back in and start a new chapter at Alberta College of Art + Design.

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.

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.  

For more information 

See the Public Art Board page within City Clerks. ​