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Airport Public Art Oversight Committee

The City of Santa Barbara is committed to supporting and promoting the arts as an essential component of the quality of life in our community. In 1985, the City Arts Advisory Committee and its subcommittee the Visual Arts in Public Places Committee (VAPP) were established by resolution. The resolution included guidelines whereby all art installations on publicly owned land, and whether permanent or temporary, were subject to a specified review process.

General Functions

The Public Art Oversight Committee will:

  • Review policies and procedures related to SBA’s Public Art Program and art collection, including re-siting, accessioning, deaccessioning, security and public safety.
  • Review and confirm the method for contracting with artists for SBA art projects that may include open competitions, limited competitions, direct selection, pre-approved rosters, or design team artists.
  • Review and approve the aesthetic elements of all art project concepts, designs, and the appropriateness of materials.
  • Resolve aesthetic disputes involving project artists and consultants.
  • Review and make recommendations to the Airport Commission regarding the acceptance or refusal of any and all gifts of art.
  • Review and make recommendations to the Airport Commission regarding the acquisition or deaccession of art.
  • Serve as the art selection panel and perform the following duties:
    • Review and examine applications, portfolios, and/or proposals submitted by artist applicants.
    • Recommend artists to be commissioned to create artwork, or select an existing work to be purchased, based on the established criteria.
Committee Functions
Membership 7 Members
Qualifications
  • Airport Commission – 1 Commissioner selected by Airport Commission
  • City Arts Advisory Committee – 1 committee member selected by the City Arts Advisory Committee
  • Visual Arts in Public Places (VAPP) Committee – 1 committee member selected by VAPP
  • Architectural Board of Review (ABR) – 1 Commissioner selected by ABR
  • Santa Barbara County Art in Public Places Committee (CAPP) – 1 committee member selected by CAPP
  • Santa Barbara Airport Director or designee
  • Santa Barbara County Arts Commission Visual Arts Coordinator
  • Art Program Curator - Non-voting member
Length of Term

The initial PAOC members who are appointed by their respective committees upon the formation of the PAOC shall serve the following term (hereinafter referred to as the “Initial Term”: members of the PAOC selected from the Airport Commission, VAPP Committee, CAPP Committee shall serve an Initial Term of (3) years, and may be eligible for another three (3) year term; members of the PAOC selected from the City Arts Advisory Committee, ABR, and Santa Barbara County Arts Commission shall serve an Initial Term of (2) years, and may be eligible for another three (3) year term. The Santa Barbara Airport Director, Santa Barbara County Arts Commission Visual Arts Coordinator, and the Art Program Curator shall serve an unlimited term for so long as such positions continue to exist and are filled by their respective agencies. In the event such a position no longer exists or is not filled by the respective agency, a member of the public whose primary place of residence is the City of Santa Barbara may be elected by the PAOC to fill the vacant position for a term of three (3) years.

After the expiration of the Initial Term all PAOC members who are appointed by their respective committees shall serve a term of three (3) years and may be eligible for another three (3) year term. If a PAOC member leaves his or her position on the member organization identified in A. i through viii above, his or her replacement to that member organization will take over the exiting member’s position on PAOC for the remainder of the PAOC members existing term.

Meeting Schedule PAOC members will meet no less than three, but no more than six times a year, as needed, in support of the SBA Public Art Program.
Qualifications
  • Education - Bachelor of Arts degree in arts administration, studio art, art history, architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning, or related field; graduate degree desirable, and/or
  • Experience - A minimum of three years' experience in public art planning and program management or equivalent professional curatorial experience demonstrating serious ongoing commitment to the arts.

The Airport Director shall designate an Airport Public Art Program Curator who may be a City employee or an independent agency or consultant who meets the qualifications and experience to provide the required services.

Compensation None
Staff Airport Department, (805) 967-7111.
Last Updated: Mar 17, 2016