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The Public Art Commission is a 13-member volunteer advisory body that governs the City’s Public Art Program, and, as requested, advises other entities on public art projects. 

Commission Members:
Susan Mendenhall, Arts United of Greater Fort Wayne
Charles Shepard, Fort Wayne Museum of Art
Renata Robinson, Artlink
Tim Parsley, University of Saint Francis School of Creative Arts
John O’Connell, Purdue Fort Wayne School of Visual & Performing Arts
Alec Johnson, Fort Wayne Parks & Recreation
Pam Holocher, City of Fort Wayne Community Development
Theoplis Smith, City Council appointee
Tom Smith, City Council appointee
Nancy Stewart, Mayoral appointee
Randy Strebig, Mayoral appointee
Rena Bradley, practicing artist
Jan Krist Finkbeiner, practicing artist

Commissioners serve 4-year terms and may be reappointed for one consecutive 4-year term. Terms are staggered so that 4 or 5 seats become available each year.

You can contact Dan Baisden, Staff Manager for the Public Art Commission at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Fort Wayne Public Art Commission adopted Program Guidelines effective October 23, 2019, which you can see here