Artist: Chad Mize - 2014


The St. Pete Arts Alliance presents a Zoom panel discussion with successful professional public art creators and those in the public arts sector – to discuss how an artist can develop the credentials needed to qualify to compete for a public art commission.

Topics covered

  • Requirements for public arts qualifying artists

  • How to build a public arts resume 
  • How to find calls to artists

  • Public commissions
  • Private commissions
  • How to build a winning proposal

  • Understand the site and its requirements and limitations
  • Budgeting to the award amount

  • Writing the story of the proposed art
  • Steps to expect with a call to artist

  • Making the first cut
  • Fabricating the maquette
  • Presenting to the commission
  • Contracting the art
  • Collaborating with a fabricator

  • Insurance
  • Engineering
  • Installation
  • Civic requirements – approvals needed before installation
  • Managing the schedule


Greg Belew – Architect, designer, consumer of Public Art in his museum installations
Leslie Tharp – Blacksmith, creator, installer of Public Art Pieces
Mark Aeling – Public Art artist with a national reputation
Cecelia Lueza – Public Art artist and Muralist, international artist, converting 2D art into 3D installations
David Ramsey – of the St. Petersburg Public Arts Commission, arts supporter

Moderator: Wayne Atherholt

SPAA Workshops are a program of our Virtual Arts Resource Center, supported by the Bank of America Foundation, Pinellas Community Foundation, TD Bank Foundation and the City of St. Petersburg’s Office of Cultural Affairs.



Resource Center Workshops

How to Become a Public Art Artist
Pinellas Cares Micro Grant Workshop
YouTube 101 for Your Arts Business
Grant Writing 101 in collaboration with SPAA, City of St. Pete, Barbara Mazer Gross & Grow Smarter

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