Mission Statement

Great public universities are committed to the advancement of public art as a contribution to community life and to the advancement of innovation and creativity. As a manifestation of the University of Pittsburgh's mission, the Public Art Committee works to transform ordinary places on all Pitt campuses into spaces of discovery, learning, reflection, social critique, and simple joy. Celebrating and revitalizing the institution's public art collection and integrating it into the multidimensional life of the University is core to our efforts—as is future investment in artistic efforts and the infrastructure to support them. Reflecting the University's focus on community engagement at all levels, the work of the committee includes creative partnerships with local, regional, national, and international artists to represent diverse perspectives and cultures and to promote, as well as provoke, artistic dialogue and meaningful experiences.

Public Art Steering Committee Role

The Public Art Steering Committee advises on issues related to the acquisition and placement of works of art in public spaces on the University’s campus. The Steering Committee is responsible for:

  • Guiding a strategic approach to the development of a public art environment on campus.
  • Establishing a set of procedures, policies, and criteria for art on the University grounds.
  • Guiding the purchase of works, the commissioning of new work, the acceptance of donated works, and determining the appropriate location on campus for these works.
  • Reviewing proposals for new works or installations of public art.
  • Advocating for public art and the University’s public art program.
  • Providing explanations for art seen on campus.

Members of the Public Art Steering Committee ​

  • Louise Sciannameo, Assistant Provost for Strategic Communication, Co-Chair
  • Rachel Bowers, Planner, Facilities Management, Interim Co-Chair
  • Zach Brodt, University Archivist, University Library System
  • Jon Goldstein, Vice Chancellor for Communications, Donor Relations, and Volunteer Management
  • Delanie Jenkins, Associate Professor, Department of Studio Arts
  • Sylvia Rhor, Director and Curator of the University Art Gallery
  • Kirk Savage, Professor and Chair, Department of History of Art and Architecture