OUR STAFF . . .
The Arts Council provides professional program administration and was instrumental in the establishment of the Fort Worth Public Art (FWPA) Program. In 2002, a unique partnership between the City of Fort Worth and the Arts Council of Fort Worth and Tarrant County was formed to fulfill the vision laid out in the Fort Worth Public Art Master Plan. FWPA is fully funded by the City of Fort Worth.
Martha Peters, Public Art Vice President
Appointed in 2003, Martha Peters is responsible for implementing the Fort Worth Public Art Master Plan and staffing the Fort Worth Art Commission. Working collaboratively with city officials and the community, she has developed long range public art plans and manages large-scale public art projects. In her previous position as Administrator of the City of Austin’s Art in Public Places program (1991-2003), Peters managed nearly 100 public art projects for a wide range of city facilities. During her tenure, the program received the Texas Society of Architects’ Citation of Honor for contributions to the built environment in Texas. Peters served on Americans for the Arts Public Art Network Council – an advisory body that develops national best practices for the field. In 2013, she received an Honorary Membership Award for outstanding service to the arts by the Fort Worth Chapter of the American Institute for Architects.
Anne Allen, Public Art Project Manager
Anne joins Fort Worth Public Art staff following a six-year term as Director of the Arlington Museum of Art. Prior to her tenure with the AMA, she served as Executive Director of The Old Jail Center in Albany, Texas . Her many talents include administrative management, grant writing, fundraising, marketing and programming. A passionate advocate of contemporary art, she is comfortably versed in regional art. Ms. Allen is a native of Fort Worth and a practicing artist.
Alida Labbe, Public Art Project Manager
Alida joined Fort Worth Public Art in early 2009 after more than eight years in various roles of the Architectural Design industry including furniture and art selection, private commissions, project coordination and Marketing. Alida studied architecture at Oklahoma State University, supports historic preservation and has love for modern art and architecture. In her time with FWPA, she has managed many successful projects, creating positive relationships with neighborhoods and community members across the city.
Michelle Thomas, Public Art Project Manager
Michelle is a native of the DFW area. She joins the Fort Worth Public Art staff after working as Administrative Director at Galleri Urbane in Dallas and as an Adjunct Professor at colleges across the metroplex. She achieved her Master of Fine Arts degree in Drawing and Painting at the University of North Texas after graduating from Louisiana State University with a degree in Studio Art. Michelle is also a practicing artist and recently received an artist grant through the Dallas Museum of Art. As project manager, she is dedicated to working with community members and artists to bring exciting public art to all areas of Fort Worth.
Jenny Conn, Public Art Collection Manager
A Fort Worth native, Jennifer Conn has worked with private and corporate collectors for over twenty-five years as a collection consultant and exihibition designer. In her private practice, she has focused on best conservation methods for collectors and artists and is committed to archival care and education. As Collection Manager, her responsibilities include the ongoing maintenance for the Public Art Collection; she supervises all conservation projects. Ms. Conn graduated with a BFA in studio art from Texas Christian University.
Sam Brown, Community Engagement Manager
Originally from Atlanta, Sam Brown joined the Arts Council after working for eight years as the Gallery Manager at William Campbell Contemporary Art. She holds a B.A. in Art History from Boston University and has broad exposure to art, having worked at various galleries and arts organizations in Atlanta, Boston, and London. As the Community Engagement Manager, Sam oversees outreach and education for the Public Art program, as well as the Pre-qualified list of public artists.
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