Sebastopol's First Public Art Project!

Sebastopol's First Public Art Project!

Sebastopol’s Public Arts Committee will soon be making a selection recommendation for the City’s first commissioned public art project.  We’d like to get your comments on the three art proposals!

Sebastopol has a ‘percent for art’ fee, where major projects can either provide on-site public art, or pay an in-lieu fee, which the City uses for public art projects in the community.  There was sufficient money in the public art fee fund to initiate the City’s first commissioned public art project, and in February of this year, a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to artists was issued.  Any California artist was eligible to submit. 

To encourage creative responses, the RFQ expressed openness as to the type of art, as well as to the location on any City-owned property. The artist budget in the RFQ was $45,000. 

Over 30 artists responded. 

After reviewing artist qualification submissions, Sebastopol’s Public Arts Committee selected three finalists, who were then asked to submit proposals.  The three artists were also given a tour of City-owned sites. 

The three finalist artists have submitted proposals, which are posted on the City web site at:

The three artists proposals can be found here.


Individual Proposals:


The proposal by Mark Grieve/Ilana Spector can be found here.

The proposal submitted by Ned Kahn can be found here.

Supplemental materials for the proposal submitted by Ned Kahn can be found here.


The proposal submitted by Vickie Jo Sowell can be found here.


The City’s Public Arts Committee is interested in community comments on the three proposals.  We are asking the public for any comments you may have about the proposals. 


Comments may be emailed to Senior Administrative Assistant Rebecca Mansour at or mailed to her c/o Planning Department, 7120 Bodega Avenue, Sebastopol, California 95472.


A community meeting was held on Wednesday, November 2, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts, 282 South High Street, Sebastopol.  The three artists presented their proposals, and members of the public provided comments and asked questions of the artists. 


At their regular meeting on December 7, the City’s Public Arts Committee will formulate its recommendations to the City Council, who will make a final selection decision.  The selected artist will then be asked to enter into a contract, and will proceed with fabrication and installation. 


We look forward to hearing from you!