A combination of Nashville's arts community members and public officials have been named to the Music City Center’s Public Art Committee.
The seven-person committee is charged with holding public forums to determine themes and locations for public art in and around the new convention center, as well as recruiting a pool of artists and approving an art selection committee. The budget for the public art program is $2.75 million, with 27 spaces targeted for public art both inside and outside the MCC.
Committee members include the following: Rich Boyd, executive director of the Tennessee Arts Commission; Lanie Gannon, artist; Elisa Putman, assistant director, Nashville Convention Center; Paula Roberts, executive director, Museum of African American Music, Art, & Culture; Mark Scala, chief curator, Frist Center for Visual Arts; Ronnie Steine, councilman-at-large, Metro Council; and Mona Lisa Warren, secretary/treasurer, Convention Center Authority.
Mayor Karl Dean, the Convention Center Authority and the Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission appointed the committee members, whose names were released Monday.
“Mayor Dean has made it clear he wants the Music City Center to be a gathering spot for Nashville residents, as well as visitors,” Convention Center Authority Chair Marty Dickens said in release. “We are excited about creating another venue in which to spotlight local artists, and this committee is just the group to do that.”
The Public Art Committee and Music City Center project management staff are working in conjunction with the arts commission, the latter of which is identifying locations for art in public spaces surrounding the convention center building.