Public Art Commission - Minutes
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
OF THE PIKES PEAK REGION
d.b.a. Public Art Commission of the Pikes Peak Region
September 18, 2012
Pikes Peak Conference Room, City Hall
Present: Agnes Blachut, Diane Dillon, Suzanne Cassagrande, Jackie Hilaire, Gundega Spons,
Lara Holman Garritano, Marica Hefti, Laurel Justice, Pat Orban, Tara Thomas
Absent: Lisa Czelatdko, Sallie Clark, Liz Hunter-Ball
Lara called the meeting to order at 4:00 PM.
Call to Order and Welcome
Approval of July Minutes; tabled pending receipt of minutes.
Community Ventures Donation (ACTION):
Commissioners reviewed information from Community Ventures on three artworks. Three
bronze sculptures by Kimber Fiebiger from her Humpty Dumpties series were recently donated
to Community Ventures, and are planned for donation to the City. The works are in the process
of being installed above ground level on various downtown buildings, and would be donated to
the City as already installed pieces. Commissioners reviewed the works planned for donation
using established review criteria for donated works. It was noted that one of Fiebiger’s
Humpties is already included in the collection, and that the process for installation has been
developed by a structural engineer and reviewed through Regional Building. Pending an official
donation from Community Ventures, Marica moved that the Commission recommend the City
accept the three pieces for inclusion in the City collection. Laurel seconded the motion, and it
was approved with a vote of 8-0-0.
COPPeR/City Administrative Building Gallery (Report):
It was reported that COPPeR will run an application process for a new gallery space in the City
Administrative Building. Public Art Commissioners will provide input on the selection criteria, and
serve as the jury. Laurel, Marica, Gundega and Tara agreed to serve as jurors for the process.
Waldo Canyon Fire Memorial (Report):
Discussion focused on the idea to create a memorial for the Waldo Canyon Fire victims. A
community effort has begun for a memorial, and Laurel and Pat agreed to represent the PAC in
that conversation. Lara will check in with Matt Mayberry for an update on that effort.
Horticultural Arts Society (HAS) Donation (ACTION):
Jackie reported on a sculpture purchased by HAS and proposed for donation to the City. Jackie
provided some background on the HAS and the sculpture, which was purchased as a memorial
to Elsie Pope. HAS is working with the City’s Parks and Recreation maintenance staff on an
installation plan. Commissioners reviewed the piece planned for donation using established
review criteria for donated works. Two questions were raised: a request for more information
about the artist, and a request for more information on the treatment of the piece in terms of
protective coating. Pending additional information on the above two issues, Tara moved that
the Commission recommend the City accept the piece for inclusion into the City collection.
Diane seconded the motion, and it was approved with a vote of 8-0-0.
Lara reported that architect Brian Elyo will be recommended to fill the current vacancy on the
Member Handbook (Discussion):
Discussion tabled until November.
2013 Officer Slate (Discussion):
Laurel reported on the proposed slate of officers for 2013. Liz has agreed to be nominated as
Secretary again in 2013, and Marica has agreed to be nominated as Vice-Chair again in 2013.
Laurel and Tara are considering a proposal to nominate them as Co-Chairs for 2013, and will
meet with Lara for more information. A slate of officers will be presented and voted on at the
State Public Art Network (Report):
Laurel reported on the Colorado State Public Art Administrators (PAA) meeting, facilitated by Jill
Rosenthaler. It was suggested that the PAC could develop a PowerPoint/report on public art in
Colorado Springs, and that the PAC could offer to host one of the PAA meetings.
It was suggested that the report/goals from the PAC’s 2011 strategic planning session be
revisited. It was agreed to include that as an agenda item for the November meeting.
Meeting adjourned at 5:00 PM