Public Art Commission

The Arts Commission reviews, evaluates, selects, maintains, and documents all artwork, public art, and public murals within the city. The Commission may advise the City Council and City Manager on the management, execution, installation, or placement of the artwork, public art and public murals and will recommend guidelines for adoption by the City Council for the selection and placement of the artwork giving preference to Oregon artists. The Commission meets every other month on the third Tuesday at 6 p.m. in Council Chambers beginning in January of each year.

Committee Member Serving Since Term Expires
Kat Thoreson 8-2022  6-30-2025
OPEN POSITION 6-2023  6-30-2026
Kim Steen 3-2015  6-30-2024
Laura Reid 1-2020 12-31-2024
Marilyn Wood 6-2023  6-30-2026
Lore Christopher 6-2014  6-30-2025
Deborah Sisco 1-2024  6-30-2027
Youth Liaison (non-voting): Katherine Klein 9-2022  6-30-2025

For information on how to display art in the gallery, please click here. 

Emerging Artists & Student Artists: Click here for information on displaying your art.

Cultural History Pole carving photos:   Pole #1   Pole #2

For Upcoming Meeting Agendas, click here for the Meeting Materials

Resolution 2023-3059 for this Commission


The Commission will serve in an advisory capacity to the City Council on the management, execution, installation, or placement of Public Art and Public Murals.  The Commission will advise the City Council with establishing policies relating to the Public Art Program.  The Commission will review, evaluate, select, and document all Public Art and Public Murals within the City except for exhibitions at the Keizer Community Center involving student art shows.  Except for student art shows at the Keizer Community Center, the Commission will have final approval on the selection of Public Art and Public Murals within the City.

The Commission will establish polices and criteria on which to base review and selection of Public Art and Public Murals.  The criteria shall include, but are not limited to, artistic quality, originality, context, permanence, diversity, feasibility, scale and community support.  At a minimum, the policies for the placement of Public Art shall include any policies adopted by City Council Ordinance or Resolution.

The Commission may recommend a budget with estimated expenditures and/or income associated with the Public Art Program to the Finance Director no later than February 28 each year for the ensuing fiscal year, however it is anticipated that there will be little or no net cost to the City after donations.


The Commission will consist of seven (7) voting members: One (1) member shall be Keizer City Councilor to be appointed by the Mayor and announced at a regularly scheduled Council meeting, and six (6) citizen-at-large members, however it is recommended that two of the citizen-at-large members have experience, training or expertise in the visual arts, art history, art criticism, or art education.  The six (6) citizen-at-large members shall be appointed as outlined by the City Council Rules of Procedure.  The Council may appoint a non-voting Youth liaison to the Commission pursuant to the Council Rules of Procedure.  The Commission will be staffed by non-voting staff liaisons to be appointed by the City Manager.

Term of Office:

Each member shall be appointed for a three year term, except for the initial terms.  The initial terms shall be staggered so that not more than three will expire in the same year.  Members may be reappointed. 

Chair and Vice-Chair:

The Commission shall elect a Chair and Vice-Chair at the first meeting of each calendar year.


Members of the Commission shall establish a regular meeting date and shall meet as deemed necessary by the Chair.  All meetings of the Committee shall follow Roberts Rules of Order Newly Revised and the Oregon Public Meeting Laws.


It is the duty of each member to attend at least 75% of the meetings each calendar year.  When a member is unable to attend a meeting, the member shall notify the Chair.  Members of the Committee may be removed by a two-thirds majority vote of the City Council.