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​​​​Water Treatment Plant Mural Project

Are you an artist looking for your next project? The City of Ann Arbor is seeking an artist to create a painted mural that will be featured in the stairwell of the Ann Arbor Water Treatment Plant Administration Building, which is a highly trafficked location and will serve as a dramatic space. Additionally, the mural shall become part of the city's public art program through the Ann Arbor Public Art Commission, giving it wider visibility. The stairwell is approximately 8 feet wide by 18 feet long and 21 feet high. The contract award to complete the mural is $17,000. The application deadline is October 31, 2021 and work must be completed by November 2022 or before. See the call to artists detailed requirements and deadlines summary (PDF) for more information. 

​Golden Paintbrush Awards

The Golden Paintbrush Award recognizes adults, children and organizations who have encouraged creativity in Ann Arbor's publicly visible spaces. ​ Nominations closed on April 30, 2021.  

A judges panel of Commissioners and community members are scheduled to review and make final selection of award recipients on August 25, 2021. 


The Ann Arbor Public Art Commission is an advisory body to City Council with the goal of creating public art in Ann Arbor that improves the aesthetic quality of public spaces and structures and provides cultural and recreational opportunities that contribute to local heritage, stimulates economic and promotes the general welfare of the community.

Virtual art tour

​Now you can take a virtual tour of public art in Ann Arbor. Learn more about each piece and the artist behind it. The tool also works on your smartphone, essentially​ serving as a digital guide. City-of-Ann-Arbor-Public-Art-Tour.png​​​​

​City gallery art      ​​

In collaboration with the City of Ann Arbor, the An​n​ Arbor Art Center curates rotating exhibitions in the City Council Chambers. Each exhibition highlights the talent and creativity of artists who live and work in Ann Arbor and throughout Washtenaw County. 

​​Get involved ​

You can get involved by making a donation, organizing a ​neighborhood public art project, volunteer to serve on an AAPAC sub-committee or offer suggestions for public art themes and locations.  If you'd like to suggest location, or concept, ideas for public art that the city could commission, please send an email to [email protected].org​ or write to us at:​

Public Art Commission

We are not a source of funding and any proposed project should address a plan for funding. ​​However, we can provide visibility and feedback for proposals submitted and, if municipal space is part of your project, city ordinance requires you to seek our recommendations first. AAPAC meetings are open to the public; agendas and minutes for the Public Art Commission are stored on the Legistar​​ Calendar.  

Reference materials

AAPAC - 2019-2021 Annual Report.pdf

​​Public Art Ordinance

Public Art ​​Commissioners:
Travis Radina, City Council Liaison (non-voting)
Allison Buck, Chair, ​Marketing Director 
Sarah Fuller,  Vice-Chair, Artist
Jamall Bufford,  WISD Project Specialist
​​David Esau, Architect
Sophie Grillet, Fine Artist
John Kotarski, Educator
Marianetta Porter,  Artist/Professor
Peggy Wier-Leonard, Elementary Art Teacher​
Wasentha Young, Artist

​Citizens interested in supporting and promoting the City of Ann Arbor through partic​ipation on a city board or commission, please visit the Boards and Commissions page.

Ann Arbor Public Art Commission
City of Ann Arbor
Public Services  - City Hall 6th Floor
301 E. Huron Street
PO Box 8647
Ann Arbor,​ MI 48107

734.794.6310 x43102
Fax: 734.994.1816​