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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.

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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.

Our Staff

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Director

Katelyn Kirnie

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 JenningsVP Diversity & Inclusion, TN Valley Credit Union

Matthew DuttonVisual Artist

John Brown, Senior Landscape Architect, Barge Design Solutions

Roger Halligan, Visual Artist

Rondell CrierVisual 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

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)

Our Partners

Public Art Chattanooga collaborates with many public, private, and non-profit partners to expand our work throughout the City.

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Public Art Chattanooga

(423) 643-7823

publicart@chattanooga.gov

Visiting Public Art Chattanooga around the city? Tag us @publicartchattanooga!

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