Public Art Network Council Members

PAN Council member Lester Burg, Deputy Director, MTA Arts & Design NYC
PAN Council Chair; Deputy Director, Metropolitan Transportation Authority Arts & Design
PAN Council Vice Chair; Director of Public Art Program, Seattle Office of Arts and Culture
Americans for the Arts Board Ex-Officio; Director of Public Programs, National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institute
Public Art Program Manager, Denver Arts & Venues
Program Director, Public Art - CLT, Arts & Science Council
Public Art Curator, Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy
Director, Jackson Hole Public Art
Photo of Christian Guerra
Public Art Supervisor, City of Santa Monica | Cultural Affairs
Senior Manager, Transportation Planning Arts and Design, LA Metro
Director, Culture Program, Joyce Foundation
Artist/Professor of Art, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Photo of Sue Lambe
Art in Public Places Program Manager, City of Austin
Director of Public Art, Arts Council of Indianapolis
Photo of Ben Owen
Director, Arts@MSP
Public Art and Creative Neighborhoods Administrator, City of Boulder Office of Arts and Culture Public Art Program

The Public Art Network (PAN) Advisory Council aims to help educate those in the arts and non-arts field on the role of public art in communities and to highlight Americans for the Arts’ resources created for the public art field. Elected from the Americans for the Arts’ Public Art Network membership, PAN Council members bring a level of expertise to the table that enables them to be a resource for AFTA members and the public art field as a whole. PAN Advisory Council members understand that public art looks and operates differently for every program and is unique to each community. They are inclusive and open to all those making public art happen in communities across the U.S. and are receptive to the range of possibilities with the public art field.

PAN Council members, as defined by Americans for the Arts staff, work to build deeper connections to Americans for the Arts members, arts and culture leaders and those in the other sectors who are interested in utilizing public art in their communities.

Specifically, PAN Council members:

  • Connect online with the membership and other colleagues through the PAN Listserv, social media, and ArtsU programming;
  • Engage in-person with public art professional and artists at local, regional, and national events including the annual Public Art & Civic Design Conference;
  • Participate in national engagement strategies to highlight public art including writing posts for ARTSblog, programming for National Arts & Humanities Month, among other opportunities;
  • Participate in annual recognition programs including the PAN Award and PAN Year in Review;
  • Remain current on trends, challenges and best practices in the public art field;
  • Serve on committees for special projects; and
  • Engage with other opportunities as they arise.