Public Art and Cultural Commission

The Public Art and Cultural Commission is responsible for promoting and maintaining art displays in public buildings and public spaces in the City of Asheville. The Commission assists in bringing public art into public spaces, is responsible for approving the site and content of public art and recommends to City Council works of art for acceptance. They inform residents and visitors of Asheville about public art and engage public art as a major attraction for artists, cultural tourism, and economic development to advance The City of Asheville as an “arts destination.” The Commission is also responsible for developing a procedure for the selection of art/ or artists, which will include public input as well as appropriate staff review. The Public Art Board shall follow its Public Art Policy and Implementation Guidelines as modified and/or amended every five years.  The Public Art & Cultural Commission consists of nine members appointed by City Council.

For more information the City of Asheville’s Public Art Program, including any recent calls for artists, visit this page.


Recent Annual Reports

2021 Annual Report

2020 Annual Report

2019 Annual Report

Chair’s letter to Council


Scheduled Meetings

The Public Art and Cultural Commission’s January 19, 2023 meeting has been cancelled.

Public Art and Cultural Commission Members

Katie Cornell, Chairperson

Andrew Fletcher, Vice Chair 

Shirley Whitesides

Ali McGhee

Pete Perez

Johanna Hagarty

Reggie Tidwell

Patricia Kappes

Marsha Almodovar

City Council liaison:  Sheneika Smith


Contact Information

Stephanie Monson Dahl

Karli Stephenson