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Public Art Board

The Public Art Board provides expert input into the policies, guidelines, plans, and issues related to public art. They review all project plans, acquisitions, and donations to ensure they meet the established criteria. They are also a resource to City Council and its boards, agencies and administration in all public art matters.

The Board is made up of nine members with a minimum of two visual artists, one Calgary Arts Development Authority (CADA) representative, and the rest of the board can be made up of the following:

  • 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

Additional information about the board’s requirements and responsibilities can be found in the Public Art Board Terms of Reference.

How to join the Public Art Board

Board members are appointed by Council. To be considered you need to apply to a public advertisement issued by City Clerks annually in the spring. The advertisement is for all Boards, Commisions, and Committees of Council.

Current Board Members


Public Art Board Members

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Anthony currently works in Program Evaluation at Inn from the Cold, primarily overseeing data collection and analysis. His experience in the Social Service sector is driven by a passion for all Calgarians to have the opportunity to experience everything the city has to offer.

Anthony believes in the power of public art to increase vibrancy, culture, and connection throughout a city. He is excited to be able to play a role in Calgary’s public art process by serving on the board.

Inspired by a love for his own city and urbanism around the world, Anthony received his BA in Urban Studies at the University of Calgary.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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​An award-winning, registered interior designer, Robert's professional experience is wide-reaching, spanning a variety of scales and typologies on global projects ranging from residential, commercial, retail and hospitality - to graphic and product design. In addition to a variety of faculty appointments at universities in the U.S. and abroad, he has been pursuing doctoral research combining his extensive experience in the design of the built environment with the integration of brand strategy.

Robert has served on the boards of numerous community-based organizations in the U.S., Canada and overseas, and has been an active committee member with a variety of professional organizations.