Interested in Becoming a Public Art Artist?

The St. Pete Arts Alliance presented a Zoom panel discussion in December 2020 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
Cecilia 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.