The public is welcome to attend Fort Worth Art Commission Meetings, which take place at 5:00 p.m. on the third Monday of the month. For more information on how to connect please review the agenda.
Citizens may sign up to make three-minute presentations to the Art Commission regarding a specific agenda item or a general topic pertaining to public art by first filling out a comment card.
The Art Commission advises and makes recommendations to Fort Worth City Council regarding the Fort Worth Public Art program. They oversee the implementation of the Fort Worth Public Art Master Plan Update, including project planning, artist selection, design review, and collection management. The commission also recommends fund-specific public art plans and the program’s Annual Work Plan.
The Fort Worth Art Commission is comprised of nine (9) members appointed by the City Council, including five (5) arts professionals [with at least one (1) practicing artist, one (1) a curator and two (2) design professionals] and four (4) community representatives, all of whom must reside in Fort Worth. Commissioners are appointed for two (2) year terms and may be reappointed up to two (2) times.
Individuals interested in serving on the Fort Worth Art Commission are encouraged to attend Art Commission Meetings and seek to become in involved with the program.
Applications are accepted via the City of Fort Worth’s website.
Estrus Tucker is an Independent Consultant, Keynote Speaker, and Master Facilitator designing and leading engagement sessions, training, and retreats in support of personal, professional & community renewal, transformational leadership, and non-violent reconciliation. Tucker utilizes a rich array of art disciplines and creative modalities including journaling, visual arts, and documentary filmmaking as tools in facilitating civic engagement and community building through the community arts and dialogue. He received the 2012 International Association Of Human Rights Agencies (IAOHRA) Individual Achievement Award for his work and leadership in support of creative civic engagement and transformational leadership in Mississippi; Belfast, Northern Ireland; Cape Town, S. Africa, and Texas. Tucker resides in Lake Como, a historic African American Community in Fort Worth, Texas where he was born and grew up. His mission is to inspire courage and facilitate practices that promote human dignity, community belonging, nonviolent engagement, and justice, in service of a world that works for all.
James Talambas is a multidisciplinary new media artist, composer, and DJ who creates site-specific, multidimensional, and multi-sensory sculptures and murals. He owns New Media Recordings, a studio in Fort Worth. Talambas also writes scores and sound design for films and has produced and arranged for international artists. He consistently employs technology, improvisation, and space into the pieces he composes, creating site-specific, and musician-specific electro-acoustic works.
Margaret (Maggie) Adler is Curator at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Fort Worth, Texas where she has organized exhibitions on Audubon, hunting and fishing in American art, Winslow Homer and Frederic Remington, Samuel F.B. Morse, Gabriel Dawe, Justin Favela, and Mark Dion among others. Prior to the Amon Carter, Maggie held the Barra fellowship at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
She started her career in college and university development. She then served as Director of Development at the Addison Gallery of American Art during a $30 million building and endowment campaign while simultaneously revamping the annual appeals process as well as spearheading the public relations and communications aspects of the museum. She brings her experience having worked in most museum departments throughout her career to her work as a curator, with keen attention to strategic planning and institutional goals.
Though her scholarly research focuses on nineteenth century art, she is also passionate about collaborating with contemporary artists in helping them with large-scale commissions and has worked with Jenny Holzer, Pepon Osorio, Mark Dion, Justin Favela, and Gabriel Dawe on site-specific installations. She holds a BA in classical languages and the history of art and an MA in the history of art from Williams College.
William Campbell is the co-owner of the William Campbell Contemporary Art Gallery located in West Fort Worth and a co-founder of the Fort Worth Art Dealers Association (FWADA). For more than 40 years, he and his business partner and wife Pam Campbell have staged over four hundred solo and group exhibitions for many nationally known Texas contemporary artists. Campbell has served as a juror for a number of exhibitions in Texas including, but not limited to Texas Tech University, Baylor University, Southwest Texas State University, the Houston International Festival, and the Fort Worth Main Streets Arts Festival.
Randle Harwood had used his experience as a landscape architect and government administrator to lead and advise the City of Fort Worth on many projects. After having been in the roles of Parks and Community Services Director, Trinity River Vision Director, and Program Management Office Director, he became the City’s Planning and Development Director in 2010. In this role, Mr. Harwood helped guide and facilitate the short, medium, and long-term direction of the second largest City in DFW that is known for its unique and historic identity. He looks forward to continuing this effort as a member of the Fort Worth Art Commission.
Mr. Harwood received a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Guelph in Canada, and a Master of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
Carol Hendrix is a Fort Worth native and a graduate of Texas Christian University with a Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in finance and insurance. She is a retired banker and insurance executive, financial/lifestyle planning instructor and has served as Board Chair of Women's Center, Safe Haven, Mayor's Committee on Housing Opportunities, and Tarrant County AIDS Interfaith Network. A graduate of Leadership Texas/America/International, and a former member of the Board of Directors for Leadership Texas, Botanical Research Institute of Texas, and United Way Cabinet Chair. In 2002, she was named by Fort Worth Business as one of the great Women of Texas. Her current volunteer work extends to various Fort Worth organizations including the Fort Worth Junior League, Botanical Research Institute of Texas, Trinity Terrace Ambassadors, First Methodist Church, Director's Council at the Modern Art Museum and as a docent at The Modern Art Museum of the Fort Worth.
Sheila Hill has combined her own visual art making with community and civic interests for over 20 years. She has served through two mayoral administrations, most recently serving six years as Chairman of the Park and Recreation Board. She was Vice Chair of the City Managers Special Outdoor Event Ordinance Ad Hoc Committee, which resulted in a credible Outdoor Ordinance. Prior to her appointments to these committees, Sheila guided endowment and finance committees in efforts resulting in the completion of the nationally-acclaimed Texas Native Forest Boardwalk, and a living outdoor classroom at Fort Worth Botanic Garden, the oldest botanic garden in Texas where her leadership continues as a member of the Botanic Garden Steering Committee. Sheila has also found a career as a production artist, design artist, and window designer. As a visual artist, Sheila’s award-winning canvases have been exhibited and displayed in private and public collections throughout the United States.
Raul Pena is a licensed engineer and a Fort Worth native. He serves as Senior Vice President for TranSystems Corporation and is a graduate of Texas A&M University. He and his firm’s local projects include; TEX Rail, Hemphill Lamar Connector, Berry Street Corridor, DFW Airport Improvements and Trinity River Vision. Raul is a firm believer that the use of public art can positively transform the urban environment. Mr. Pena is active in both Professional and Community Activities. His activities include Downtown Fort Worth Inc. Board, Texas Engineering Foundation Board, Leadership Fort Worth, Main Street Arts Festival Committee, The Modern Art Museum – Ft Worth, Georgia O’Keefe Museum- Santa Fe, and Past Executive Board of the Longhorn Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Raul enjoys travel and collecting Southwestern and Latin American Art.
Leslie Thompson is passionate about art and is an active participant and supporter of the Fort Worth arts community. She currently serves as Director of Adult Programs at the Sid Richardson Museum, where she provides engaging experiences aimed at enhancing the visitor’s relationship with the artwork. In addition to art museums, past experience includes working in art non-profit and art gallery settings. Leslie received her MA in Art History from Texas Christian University and her BA in Art History from the University of North Texas.