What We Do
Public Art Chattanooga is dedicated to introducing a wide variety of high quality public art into the community, enhancing the civic environment, and enriching 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 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.
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
Dan Bowers, President, ArtsBuild
Dionne Jennings, VP Diversity & Inclusion, TN Valley Credit Union
Matthew Dutton, Visual Artist
John Brown, Senior Landscape Architect, Barge Design Solutions
Roger Halligan, Visual Artist
Rondell Crier, Visual Artist
Heidi Hefferlin, Principal + Architect, Hefferlin+ Kronenberg
Dr. Jordan Amirkahni, Assistant Professor of Art History, UTC
Charlotte Caldwell, Director/Founder, Stove Works
Lindsey Willke, Urban Design Coordinator, Chattanooga Design Studio
Public Art Commission members are appointed by the Mayor. For more information on terms and how to serve, find us on 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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