Public Art Commission


The Public Art Commission oversees Palo Alto’s temporary and permanent public art programs. The primary duties of the Commission are:

  • To advise the city in matters pertaining to the quality, quantity, scope, and style of art in public places
  • To periodically review the capital improvement program with the staff for inclusion of works of art in various projects
  • To devise methods of selecting and commissioning artists with respect to the design, execution, and placement of art in public places and to advise staff on the selection and commissioning of artists, and the amounts to be expended on art in public places
  • To advise and assist staff in obtaining financial assistance for art in public places from private, corporate, and governmental sources
  • To review plans for the installation of art in public places and review the inventory of art in public paces
  • To act as a liaison between local artists and private property owners desiring to install works of art on their private property in public view

Meet the Commission

Chair: Ben Miyaji 
Vice Chair: Loren Gordon
Staff Liaison: Elise DeMarzo (650) 617-3517
Council Liaison: Tom DuBois

Loren Gordon Loren Gordon 

 Term Expires: 05/31/2024 

Loren Gordon's Bio(PDF, 68KB)

Ian Klaus 

Term Expires: 05/31/2021

Ian Klaus' Bio


 Ben Miyaji

 Term Expires: 05/31/2024

 Ben Miyaji's Bio(PDF, 121KB)

Hsinya Shen 

Term Expires: 05/31/2023

Hsinya Shen's Bio

Taylor_1.jpeg Nia Taylor

 Term Expires: 05/31/2023

 Nia Taylor's Bio(PDF, 120KB)

Former Commissioners: 
Kathleen Kavanaugh ( - 4/30/2015), Dara Olmstead Silverstein ( - 5/31/2017), Vikki Tobak ( - 4/30/2015), Mila Zelkha ( - 5/31/2018), Jim Migdal ( - 5/31/2020), Amanda Ross ( - 5/31/2020). 

Upcoming Meetings

Regular meetings are held at 7 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month. 

Watch and Participate in Meetings

Meetings are broadcast live online and on cable TV.

Members of the public who wish to participate in meetings can find instructions on the top and bottom of individual agendas or by clicking the drop-down below. To ensure participation in a particular item we suggest calling in or connecting 15 minutes before your item is scheduled to begin.

How to Participate in a Virtual Public Meeting

Members of the Public may provide public comments to teleconference meetings via email, teleconference, or by phone.

  1. Written public comments may be submitted by email to
  2. Spoken public comments using a computer will be accepted through the teleconference meeting. To address the Council, click on the link below to access a Zoom-based meeting. Please read the following instructions carefully.
    1. You may download the Zoom client or connect to the meeting in- browser. If using your browser, make sure you are using a current, up-to-date browser: Chrome 30 , Firefox 27 , Microsoft Edge 12 , Safari 7. Certain functionality may be disabled in older browsers including Internet Explorer.
    2. You may be asked to enter an email address and name. We request that you identify yourself by name as this will be visible online and will be used to notify you that it is your turn to speak.
    3. When you wish to speak on an Agenda Item, click on “raise hand.” The Clerk will activate and unmute speakers in turn. Speakers will be notified shortly before they are called to speak.
    4. When called, please limit your remarks to the time limit allotted.
    5. A timer will be shown on the computer to help keep track of your comments.
  3. Spoken public comments using a smart phone will be accepted through the teleconference meeting. To address the Council, download the Zoom application onto your phone from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store and enter the Meeting ID. Please follow the instructions 2.1-2.5.
  4. Spoken public comments using a phone use the telephone number listed below. When you wish to speak on an agenda item hit *9 on your phone so we know that you wish to speak. You will be asked to provide your first and last name before addressing the Council. You will be advised how long you have to speak. When called please limit your remarks to the agenda item and time limit allotted.

See the current agenda for Zoom meeting details.


  • The Public Art Commission is a five-member body (in accordance to Ordinance # 5503) appointed by the City Council.
  • Terms are for three years and commence on May 1. See PAMC Sections 2.162.18, and 2.26.