Public Art Committee

Shade Structure Finalists:

The Public Art Committee is pleased to announce the three finalists for the Lakefront Shade Structure Competition. The committee was impressed with the 24 proposals that came in from around the world.

The three finalists are:

Bubble Canopy by Gradient Architecture


Willow by the Fractal Group with steel structure by Sam Castner


Color Glass Structure by Barton & Loguidice with DesignOne Architecture and Planning and Gong Glassworks

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Please view the three finalists and email comments to Sage Gerling ( by Wednesday, April 26th in time for the committee to read before making a final selection.

The committee will recommend their shade structure selection to City Council for approval at the May 3rd City Council meeting. The funding source for this project is from Phase II/III Access Improvements to Seneca Lake by the New York State Department of State with funds provided under Title 11 of the Environmental Protection Fund and from the City of Geneva. The installation for this project is estimated to be Fall 2017.


February Public Art Committee Agenda

January Public Art Committee Minutes

October 12, 2016 agenda

Meeting Minutes from September’s Meeting

About the City of Geneva Public Art Committee

The Public Art Committee is an ad hoc committee of the Geneva City Council formed in Fall 2012.

The committee’s mission is:

The Public Art Committee hopes to facilitate the development of public art in the City of Geneva, recognizing it as integral to the vibrancy of our community.  The Committee believes that public art contributions to Geneva will complement current strategies for economic development and tourism, enhancing neighborhood identity, and educating children and adults.  A further intention of the Committee’s work is to incorporate artist services and artworks in the design of civic spaces and facilities.

The benefits of public art to a community are numerous and extend far beyond simple beautification. Public art can inspire engagement with our civic realm.  It can bring people together and make us rethink our assumptions about the world and ourselves. It can be a catalyst for enriching our lives and our communities. Through art planning, community members can find consensus on ideas, prioritize projects and initiate the momentum to bring more art into public spaces.


What are the responsibilities of the Public Art Committee?

  • Development and regular review and appropriate updating of a public art plan that identifies appropriate spaces and mediums for collection development
  • Oversee quality control of the Public Art Policy and projects
  • Review and recommend Public Art Projects for approval by the Geneva City Council
  • Make recommendations regarding any issues that arise from a specific artwork or art project

What is the composition of Public Art Committee?

The Public Art Committee is composed of five members of the Geneva community (City residency not required) with an affirmative grasp of visual art concepts. These may include (but are not limited to) artists, art education professionals, graphic designers, architects, landscape architects, etc. 

What is public art and public space?

Public art is defined as art owned by the City of Geneva and accessible to the citizens of Geneva in public locations. A secondary category of public art is that privately owned but publicly accessible. These artworks can be visible from the street or inside buildings open to the public. Both permanent and temporary installations of all media of art concern the committee.

A public space is a social space that is generally open and accessible to people.Roads (including the pavement and space above the street), public squares, parks and beaches are typically considered public space. Government buildings which are open to the public, such asCity Hall, are public space. Privately owned buildings or property visible from sidewalks and public thoroughfares may affect the public landscape and thus become public space.

The term public art properly refers to works of art in any media that have been planned and executed with the specific intention of being sited or staged in the public space, usually accessible to all. Public art has increasingly begun to expand in scope and application — both into other wider and challenging artforms, and also across a much broader range of what might be called our public space.