Step 5-Meet the Panel

The 2015 Roster Call for Applications is now CLOSED. These pages are provided to give information about the process. We expect to hold the next Call in the summer of 2018.

LAURA BECKER, Public Art Manager, Spokane

Executive Director of Spokane Arts, Laura Becker has managed public art projects for the Washington State Arts Commission as well as for the Seattle Department of Transportation and the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, serving as a consulting artist, designer,and project manager. Having been a champion for arts and culture over the last decade, Laura has balanced leadership roles in both public arts administration and nonprofit management.Recently returning to her native Spokane, she is working on amplifying and defining the city as the cultural hub of the Inland Northwest. Laura is a practicing artist, independent curator,and event producer and frequently enjoys having a handful of side projects to work on in tandem to her other professional pursuits.

RALPH HELMICK, Artist, Massachusetts

Since committing himself to public art in the late 1980s, Ralph Helmick has completed over forty major civic commissions across the United States. Among his many awards is a National Endowment for the Arts / New England Foundation for the Arts Fellowship and numerous design honors for his public artwork. His commissions have been included in the Public Art Network’s annual Year in Review eight times. Aesthetically, Helmick is interested in how referential forms and images can be broken down and subsequently re-formed anew. The approach is often paralleled by a fascination with how small three-dimensional components can collectively create larger sculptures, forging a microcosmic/macrocosmic dynamic.

AMY McBRIDE, Public Art Manager, Tacoma

Amy McBride is the Arts Administrator for the City of Tacoma with over 20 years’ experience as an arts professional. Working with the Tacoma Arts Commission, Amy manages three funding programs for arts organizations and artists, implements public art projects, develops innovative and collaborative programming,and formulates effective policy. Amy has presented nationally on issues of public art, temporary art installations, and civic democracy and has served on funding panels focused on Creative Placemaking for the National Endowment for the Arts.

SHAUN PETERSON, Artist, Milton

Shaun Peterson is a pivotal figure in the revival of Coast Salish art traditions. An enrolled member of the Puyallup tribe, Shaun carries the name, Qwalsius, originally carried by his great grandfather, Lawrence Williams. His heritage informs all of his work: paintings, prints, carvings, fine jewelry, and major public installations. He has exhibited work in New Zealand, Japan, China, and has an upcoming exhibit in Prague. Shaun is the youngest board member serving the Bill Holm Center, serves on the collections committee for Tacoma Art Museum, and has recently secured a major public commission for the Seattle waterfront redevelopment project.

FRANK VIDEO, Artist and ArtsWA Board, Seattle

Frank Video is a visual artist producing public artworks, site-specific art installations, and film and video programs. Frank served as Vice-Chair of the Seattle Arts Commission, Board President for 911 Media Arts Center, and as board member of the Henry Art Gallery and On the Boards in Seattle. He served on numerous public art selection panels including for the National Endowment for the Arts, City of Seattle, King County, and ArtsWA, and has received funding for his artwork from Artist Trust, Art Matters, Inc., Independent Curators, Inc., the City of Seattle, King County, and ArtsWA. Currently, Frank serves on the ArtsWA Board and as a board member of Velocity Dance Center in Seattle. Since 1998, he has worked as a Legislative Aide for the Seattle City Council specializing in civic arts, culture, and technology.


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