Kalamazoo County Public Art Commission

The Kalamazoo County Public Art Commission (PAC) was created by a joint “Urban Cooperation” agreement between the City of Kalamazoo, City of Portage and the County of Kalamazoo. The purpose of the Commission is to determine the best practices for the acquisition, installation, maintenance, and deaccession of public works of art. We oversee hundreds of pieces of public artwork, which includes indoor and outdoor sculptures, memorials/tributes, murals, and architectural detailing. The Commission’s Board of Commissioners are governed by a set of Bylaws that are reviewed and amended periodically.

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The Goals of PAC are to:

  • Establish standards for the acquisitions of works of art by member public agencies.
  • Provide a procedure for the acceptance of gifts of works of art by member/public agencies.
  • Facilitate planning for the placement and installation of art works in all of Kalamazoo County.
  • Maintain high artistic standards.


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Current Members & Roles

Kristen Chesak,
Vice-Chair, KCPAC Member at large #2
Brent Harris,
KCPAC, Member at large #1
Nicole Lee,
KCPAC, Member at large #3
Patrick Hershberger,
Chair, ACGK, Local artist #1
Patrick Jouppi,
ACGK, Local artist #2, Art Historian
Anna Roeder,
ACGK, Local artist #3
Jared VanderWeele, Secretary, American Institute of Architects (AIA) Southwest Michigan Chapter
Ann Videtich,
City of Kalamazoo
Lori Knapp,
City of Portage
Traci Hall/Tami Ray,
Kalamazoo County
Dana Wagner,
Discover Kalamazoo
Laura Wilson,
Kalamazoo Institute of Arts

Learn More

The Kalamazoo County Public Arts Commission meets on the third Wednesday of each month at 5:00 pm at the Epic Center Joliffe Theatre, which is located at 359 S. Kalamazoo Mall, downtown Kalamazoo.

Meetings are open to the public.


We are working to form a complete image directory of public art in Kalamazoo County, and welcome your help! If you know of a public art piece that is missing from our current database – please email us a photo, location, artist(s), and description.

For more information or questions, please feel free to reach us at info@kalamazooarts.org