Role of the Palm Beach County Public Art Committee


The eight members of the Palm Beach County Public Art Committee are appointed by the Board of County Commissioners. Their role is to:

1. Advise the County Commission as to the overall policies regarding visual arts in the county.

2. Set the direction and conduct the selection of all works of art - whether loaned, donated or acquired - for county property.

3. Provide educational programming to expand the traditional understanding of the role of public art and the benefit of incorporating artwork into public work projects.

 

Public Art Committee

Mariela Acuna

Nonprofit Visual Art Professional

Mariela Acuna is an art educator and arts professional at the Norton Museum of Art as the Art After Dark Coordinator. She previously worked at the University Galleries at Florida Atlantic University, Girls’ Club Collection, Fort Lauderdale and interned at Lehmann Maupin, New York. Acuna co-curated New Art: South Florida, an exhibition of recent works by artists awarded the 2015 South Florida Cultural Consortium Visual and Media Artist Fellowship. Acuna is a collaborator for Cabbage Palm, a South Florida based blog about art and palm trees. Ms. Acuna earned a BA in Art History and a BFA in Sculpture from Florida Atlantic University. She currently resides in Boca Raton, FL.

Leslie D. Albert

Nonprofit Visual Art Professional

Leslie D. Albert is an adjunct professor of visual arts at Palm Beach State College. Ms. Albert received her undergraduate degree from Stanford University, completed her post-baccalaureate work at the University of Miami and studied in Europe with one of the last remaining fresco painters. As a figurative artist, she has exhibited her work throughout South Florida. Ms. Albert is also the Principal of Archetype Design Associates, Inc., an award winning interior design company specializing in full scope commercial and residential projects throughout Florida and the Caribbean. She currently resides in Lake Worth, FL.

Rena Blades

Cultural Council of Palm Beach County

Rena Blades has served as the President and CEO for the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County since 2004. Through her leadership the Council: moved into an historic streamline moderne building in Lake Worth where it manages a full calendar of visual art exhibitions and music performances; expanded its private and government funded grant programs; initiated major arts education initiatives; and developed one of the country’s largest cultural tourism programs. Ms. Blades also spearheaded the creation of the award winning art&culture magazine. Prior to her current position she was the Executive Director for the Brogan Museum of Art and Science in Tallahassee, FL for ten years. Rena holds a Master of Fine Arts in Art History from Rice University. She currently resides in Palm Beach Gardens, FL.

Reginald “Reggie” A. Cox

Architectural / Urban Design Professional
Reggie Cox is a licensed architect, building official, state certified plans examiner, and building inspector. He founded Reginald A. Cox and Associates, Inc. in 2006. Mr. Cox is the first African American licensed architect born and raised in Palm Beach County who established an architectural practice. Mr. Cox serves on multiple advisory boards. He is currently the Chair of Delray Beach Community Redevelopment Agency, and he is past Chair of the West Atlantic Redevelopment Coalition. He also served on Delray Beach’s Site Plan Review and Appearance Board, Board of Adjustment, Parking Management Advisory Board, and Historic Preservation Board. Cox’s interest in architecture began at the age of 12 when he took a wood shop class at Carver Middle School. He graduated from Palm Beach Community College with an associate’s degree in design and drafting, and then went on to Florida A&M University, where he earned two bachelor’s degrees; a B.S. in Architectural Studies and a B.A. Architecture. Mr. Cox also earned MBA from the University of Phoenix and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning. He currently resides in Delray Beach, FL.

Paul Fisher

Resident with Significant Art Background

Paul Fisher is an art dealer and owner of the Paul Fisher Gallery in West Palm Beach, FL.  Paul is Founder and CEO of Juried Art Services, a premier service that manages artist calls, applications, jurying, and notification processes for museums and art organizations.  Since the 1990's Mr. Fisher has represented internationally renowned artist Dale Chihuly and continues his relationship with him by selling his work and consulting on major projects. He has also served as Mayoral Appointee on the Cultural Affairs Commission in West Palm Beach. He currently resides in West Palm Beach, FL.

Michiko Kurisu

Resident with Significant Art Background

Michiko Kurisu is a visual artist. She holds a BFA from Brown University, studied photography at the Rhode Island School of Design, and ceramics in Japan. She has received public art commissions from the City of Delray Beach, Cultural Council of Palm Beach County Artist-in-Residence grant, and produced documentary exhibits with local not-for-profit organizations. Ms. Kurisu previously served on Delray Beach’s Public Art Advisory Board. Working with her family business, Kurisu LLC, a Japanese garden design and build firm, Michiko managed the interface between art, landscape and the public with world-renowned institutions such as the Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park, and the Morikami Museum. She currently resides in Delray Beach, FL.

Sherryl Muriente

Architectural / Urban Design Professional

Sherryl Muriente is Project Director at Street Plans. She has extensive experience in urban acupuncture, design, public art and architecture. Ms. Muriente has collaborated on projects in Taiwan, Italy, Puerto Rico and South Florida. Prior to joining Street Plans she worked as an urban design instructor at Florida Atlantic University where she managed the international exchange program, mentored students, and presented her work in Tactical Urbanism, community storytelling and the human layer of planning and design. Ms. Muriente also serves as Creative Director of LeJobart artist duet. She currently resides in West Palm Beach, FL.

Carolyn Pendelton Parker

Landscape Architect

Carolyn Pendelton Parker has 40 years experience in the practice of landscape architecture, hardscape design and landscape implementation, at the International, regional and local scale. Her design philosophy integrates landscape architecture, green infrastructure and ecologic art. Her affiliations include the American Society of Landscape Architects, South Florida Ecologic Art Advisory Board, International Association for Landscape Ecology, Delray Beach Public Art Advisory Board, Native Plant Society of Florida and The Cultural Landscape Foundation. She holds a Master of Landscape Architecture Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Cornell University programs in civil planning and tree botany and a BFA, Florida Atlantic. She currently resides in Delray Beach, FL.

Glenn Weiss

Resident with Significant Art Background

Glenn Weiss has spent 25 years assisting counties, cities, museums and community organizations to improve their civic spaces with sculpture, murals, landscape, video and performance. He developed the first comprehensive public art and performance program for NYC’s Times Square with 300,000 daily visitors. Glenn also managed the Art of Community Initiative for the Community Foundation of Broward. Weiss has been an art consultant in south Florida preparing public art master plans for numerous cities and counties. Other achievements include management of public art programs for Broward and King counties. He also blogs the Aesthetic Grounds column for ArtsJournal.com. In 2013, his “Dark Serra” was recognized in the Year in Review by the Public Art Network of Americans for the Arts. In Palm Beach County, Weiss is better known for curating the Pineapple Grove Artwalk and Delray Beach Cultural Loop between 2001-2004. He holds a Master of Architecture from Columbia University, NYC. He currently resides in Delray Beach, FL