FORT WORTH ART COMMISSION | Advising Fort Worth City Council 

Upcoming Meeting  |  Monday, October 17, 2022

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.

Meetings are now being held in person at the Fort Worth Community Art Center. For more information about parking in the Cultural District visit: https://www.artsfortworth.org/parking.

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 or emailing talkto@artsfortworth.org.

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 involved with the program.

Applications are accepted via the City of Fort Worth’s website.

MEET THE COMMISSIONERS

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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.

Estrus Tucker | Chair

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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.

James Talambas | Vice Chair

Maggie Adler, Associate Curator, Amon Carter Museum of American Art.

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.

Maggie Adler

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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.

William Campbell

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Branigan Contreras is a Fort Worth native and graduate of Texas Wesleyan University with a Bachelor of Business Administration. She has over 10 years of experience in higher education grant management, non-profit fundraising, community outreach and advocacy. She is an artist and art enthusiast taking after her mother and grandmother’s painting skills and love of art. She’s proud to be third generation from the city of Fort Worth supporting arts initiatives and events in the community. She has served on the Board of Directors for the Hispanic Women’s Network (HWNT). As a member of HWNT, Branigan has given her time and experience to serve on the Education Committee that executes and plans the Latinas in Progress Education Series (LIP). Ms. Contreras is a member of MANA and will serve on the Board of Directors for the Texas Wesleyan Alumni Association. She is thrilled to be a part of the Fort Worth Art Commission where she can bring an array of diverse experiences to the Public Art program. Ms. Contreras believes that art is a mirror and gives us a way to process through things, to find out what we think, what we value and what we’re still questioning.

Branigan Contreras

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Dr. Jennifer Giddings Brooks has a distinguished record in both Educational Administration and community service. An educator by avocation and training her experience runs the gamut from Founder/CEO of Brooks Educational Consultants to administrative positions in all levels of education from elementary to university.

Deeply committed to her community, Dr. Brooks serves or has served on the Boards of Directors of numerous non-profit agencies. These include (partial list): Performing Arts Fort Worth (Bass Hall)—Education Chair, THR Methodist Hospital Board—Vice Chair, Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, Visit Fort Worth, Jubilee Theater, Opera Association—Education Chair, Terrell STEM/Performing Arts Academy—Secretary, Amon Carter Museum—Advisory Council, The Society: Supporting the Arts—Founder and UNCF—Leadership Chair and African American Museum and Cultural Center—Steering Committee.

Dr. Jennifer Giddings Brooks

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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.

J. Randle Harwood

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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.

Raul Pena

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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.

Leslie Thompson

Contact the Art Commission

817.298.3027

To meet the public art staff click here