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


Camila Afanador-Llach

Resident with Significant Art Background

Camila Afanador-Llach is an Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at Florida Atlantic University. She holds a BFA in Industrial Design from Universidad Javeriana (Bogota, Colombia) and a MFA in Graphic Design from Rhode Island School of Design. At FAU she teaches interactive design, typography, animation, and information design courses. Ms. Afandor-Llach worked as a web and editorial designer in Bogota and Boston before becoming a full-time educator. Her current research is centered in design pedagogy and hybrid methodologies for design practice. She currently resides in Boca Raton.

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. 

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.

J. Rachel Gustafson

Nonprofit Visual Art Professional
J. Rachel Gustafson is an Assistant Curator at the Norton Museum of Art and has served the Curatorial Department since 2015. In this role, she contributes to exhibitions and collection-based projects throughout the museum’s five collection areas - from Neolithic Chinese objects to contemporary site-specific works. Ms. Gustafson has worked on a wide variety of special exhibitions. Prior to joining the Norton, she completed a fellowship at the National Museum for Women in the Arts and served at the National Endowment for the Arts in the Public Affairs and Publications Department where she authored several articles for their national magazine. Ms. Gustafson received her Master’s in Art History from American University, graduating with distinction, and received her bachelor’s degree from Florida State University. She currently resides in Lake Worth.

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 the West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority (DDA) Manager of Urban Placemaking. She oversees the creation of public spaces to further enhance the quality of life for Downtown residents and visitors. She has a strong background in urban acupuncture, design and grant writing, as well as six years of experience teaching urban design courses and workshops. She has collaborated on projects in Taiwan, Italy, Puerto Rico, and the USA. An advocate for common sense urbanism, incremental urban planning, and testing of demonstrations and pilot studies, Muriente brings an expertise in getting the community engaged in activating place through action. 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.

Dave Lawrence

Cultural Council

Dave Lawrence is the President & CEO of the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County where he serves as the chief arts advocate for the arts and cultural community; leads the professional staff of the Cultural Council; and represents the cultural community in local, regional and national matters. Prior to his appointment at the Council Mr. Lawrence served as the President & CEO of the Arts Council of Indianapolis. Mr. Lawrence’s 29 years as an arts administrator has focused on grant writing/grant making, cultural tourism, organizational development, marketing, advocacy and arts policy development, strategic planning, and public art. Dave was an Executive Committee member of the United States Urban Arts Federation - comprised of CEOs of arts service organizations for the 60 largest US cities. He is also a frequent national grant panelist having most recently served on a panel for the National Endowment for the Arts. Mr. Lawrence received a B.A. in Communication from DePauw University. He currently resides in West Palm Beach.