Art in Public Places Committee

Committee Responsibilities

Sec. 78-121.  Art in public places committee created; membership and organization.

(a)     There is hereby created the city art in public places committee to consist of seven members appointed by the mayor. The first three appointees shall serve a term of one year, the second two appointees shall serve a term of two years, and the last two appointees shall serve a term of three years. Thereafter, all terms shall be for three years.

(b)     The art in public places committee shall designate one of its members to act as chair for a term of one year, or until a successor is elected and qualified. The art in public places committee shall maintain minutes of all of its meetings.

(c)     Each member of the art in public places committee shall serve without compensation.

 

Committee Members

Deborah Bigeleisen
Deborah Bigeleisen

After growing up in Los Angeles, Deborah left LA to attend and graduate with a degree in Textile Design from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York city where she embarked upon a 30 year career as a fabric designer and owner of her own global design company. In 1998 she, along with her husband, moved to West Palm Beach. Deborah launched her second career, and she is now an internationally recognized contemporary realist artist, whose work is well represented in galleries throughout the United States, including Spanierman Gallery in New York City. Her paintings have been exhibited in museums, have received numerous awards, have been extensively published, and are prominently included in both private and corporate collections world-wide. She is a member of the National Association of Women Artists. She has served on the Board of Directors of the Palm Beach County Women’s Chamber of Commerce, and is currently a member of the Executive Women of Palm Beach.

Angela Biagi
Angela Biagi

Angela is a Registered Landscape Architect with a degree from the University of Illinois. She moved from Chicago to West Palm Beach in 2001 to practice with the landscape architecture/planning firm Cotleur & Hearing. Her portfolio of work includes site planning and landscape design for numerous residential, commercial, transportation and mixed-use developments throughout South Florida. She is a LEED accredited professional with the U.S. Green Building Council and incorporates sustainable and “Florida Friendly” principles into her projects. With her urban design background comes an interest to emphasize the importance of public art and open space design.

Frank Presta
Joel Cohen

Frank is a licensed professional architect, with over 20 years of experience designing and planning facilities within commercial, public county facilities and the healthcare environment. His exposure to public and county facilities has given him an insight into the community setting and he embraces the knowledge of the needs and/or requirements that cultivate a well balanced community. This knowledge is not limited to design, but rather the ultimate goal of each community to encourage the family and cultural needs. His compassion and attitude towards the well being of a community, gives him insight into making the community and its surroundings more than “bricks and mortar”.

Joel Cohen
Joel Cohen

Joel Cohen moved to Florida 12 years ago to open an art gallery in Palm Beach following a 30+ year career in the New York advertising and marketing business as an art director/creative director and agency owner. He worked for International agencies like Grey Advertising as well as a 10 year partnership in his own promotion marketing firm, Heller & Cohen which did award winning work for clients like Colgate Palmolive, Nabisco, Thomas J. Lipton and many others. As a board member of the Soho Photo Gallery in Tribeca, NYC for over 15 years, he was immersed into the fine art photography world. Joel’s fine art photography has been featured in many publications and is in private and corporate collections in Europe and the U.S.

Richard J. Frank
Richard J. Frank

Richard J. Frank spent his childhood and received his primary school education in England. Since moving to the United States with his family, he has had an unusually diverse career in the arts. He earned an MFA in painting from the Tyler School of Art, Temple University and over the years has held positions as a museum curator (Curator of Education at the Norton Museum of Art and the Boca Raton Museum of Art), and as a university instructor having taught art and humanities at Temple University and in the California, Georgia and Florida university systems. He has also worked as a gallery director, and host for arts programming for public television.Mr. Frank’s career as a painter has included numerous exhibitions throughout the United States and Europe. He is the recipient of numerous awards and the holder of two Artists Fellowships from the State of Florida. Public art commissions can be seen locally at the Palm Beach International Airport, the historic Seaboard Railway Station and the Juno City Hall. His work is included in over thirty-five public and museum collections including the Butler Institute of American Art, the Norton Museum of Art, the Boca Raton Museum of Art, and the Society of the Four Arts.