General Workshop : March 2022

General Workshop : March 2022

March 2022 Event - Full Scope Workshop


Workshop Video (YouTube)

Event Date: Tuesday, March 15, 2022 at 10 AM PDT

Full Scope Workshop for March will be the first Open Discussion Event in the new Full Scope Open Discussion Workshop series. This month, three public art professionals were invited to have a conversation about Women in Public Art. Speakers Susan Pontious, Jessica Mehta, and Kristin Calhoun will discuss what type of obstacles women in the public art world face, how women have impacted the public art world, and why it is important to have gender diversity in public art.

Susan Pontious is a recently-retired Director of Public Art and Civic Art Collection for the San Francisco Arts Commission. Pontious originally came to public art as a muralist who is one of the 5 members of a collective of women artists who researched and created a large mural depicting local women’s history in NOrthamton, MA (1980). Pontious was also an Executive Director for Public Art Works (1982-90), a non-profit agency that sponsored temporary and permanent public art projects in Marin County, California.

Jessica Mehta is a multi-awards winning Aniyunwiya queer interdisciplinary author and artist. A citizen of the Cherokee Nation born and raised in the colonized land of what is today's often called Oregon, space, place, and ancestry inform much of her work. Mehta is currently working on an upcoming public art installation commissioned by Artist Trust called “Beguiled.” This installation visualizes the ties between original sin, poetics, and anorexia nervosa.

Kristin Calhoun is the Director of Public Art for Regional Arts and Culture Council in Oregon. With 20 years of experience in public art, Calhoun loves the variety of communities and types of projects that are inherent in managing public art projects for the City of Portland and Multnomah County and other private & public clients. Calhoun is a founding manager of in situ PORTLAND & Night Lights, a series of projections on the side of the RACC offices, and an artist residency series with Portland Archives and Records Center.

This event will be remote live through WebEx and will be recorded and posted on Clark County Public Art website indefinitely.



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