What We Do
Public Art Chattanooga is dedicated to presenting a wide variety of high quality public art - working with the community to enhance the civic environment and enrich the lives of visitors and residents.
Public Art Chattanooga (PAC) oversees all temporary and permanent public art projects on City of Chattanooga property and maintains the city’s public art collection of over 180 works.
PAC is administered by the City of Chattanooga and the Public Art Commission, partnering closely with the private sector to support public art projects throughout the City. The Mayor-appointed Public Art Commission reviews and approves all public art projects—ensuring artworks on city property meet city regulations and national standards for excellence. The PAC team provides resources and technical assistance for artist selection, artwork design, installation and maintenance, and also creates opportunities for community engagement through programming, education, and advocacy.
Katelyn Kirnie, Director
Kat Wright, Program Coordinator
Katelyn Kirnie has served as the Director of Public Art Chattanooga since August, 2016. She moved back to her hometown Chattanooga after living in Portland, OR and Boston, MA where she managed the public art program for the Rose Kennedy Greenway. She holds a Master’s Degree in Arts Administration from Boston University and has a background in project management with a specific expertise producing exhibitions, artworks and specialty elements in the public realm. Katelyn is inspired by the way public art enhances the urban environment -- adding meaning, building community and creating connection.
Kat Wright joined Public Art Chattanooga in October 2018 with extensive arts and social services experience. Upon relocating to Chattanooga, she earned a Master of Public Administration in Local Government Management where her capstone research focused on Public Art in Urban Renewal, and also served as Major Projects Manager for the Association for Visual Arts (AVA). While at AVA, she directed the 4 Bridges Arts Festival, a signature cultural event in the Southeast attracting artists and artisans throughout the country to participate through juried selection.
Public Art Commission
Ellen Simak, Board Chair, former Chief Curator, Hunter Museum of American Art
Virginia Anne Sharber, Executive Director, Hunter Museum of American Art
John Henry, Visual Artist
Dionne Jenkins, VP Diversity & Inclusion, TN Valley Federal Credit Union
Matthew Dutton, Visual Artist
John Brown, Senior Landscape Architect, Barge Design Solutions
Roger Halligan, Visual Artist
Ricardo "Ric" Morris, Special Events & Rental Manager, Chattanooga Theatre Centre / Founder & CEO, Festival of Black Arts & Ideas
Vernisha Savoy, Senior Technical Advisor & Compliance Expert
Megan Ledbetter, Art Professor, Chattanooga State Community College
Charlotte Caldwell, Director/Founder, Stove Works
Lindsey Willke, Urban Design Coordinator, Chattanooga Design Studio
Shaun LaRose, Fine Arts Director/Teacher, Chattanooga Christian School
The Chattanooga Public Art Commission is established by City Code and authorized by Council Ordinance to oversee public art on City property. Public Art Commission members are appointed by the Mayor. For more information on terms and how to serve, visit the City's boards page.
Meetings are held at 1:15PM on the 3rd Thursday of every other month (Feb, April, June, Aug, Oct, Dec) in the City Council Conference Room (1000 Lindsay St, Chattanooga, TN 37402).
Public Art Chattanooga collaborates with many public, private, and non-profit partners to expand our work throughout the City.
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