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Palm Beach County Public Art Committee

Role of the Palm Beach County Public Art Committee

The eight members of the Palm Beach County Public Art Committee are appointed by the Board of County Commissioners. Their role is to:

  1. Advise the County Commission as to the overall policies regarding visual arts in the county.
  2. Set the direction and conduct the selection of all works of art - whether loaned, donated or acquired - for county property.
  3. Provide educational programming to expand the traditional understanding of the role of public art and the benefit of incorporating artwork into public work projects.

Public Art Committee

Leslie D. Albert
County Citizen with Significant Art Background

Leslie D. Albert is an adjunct professor of visual arts at Palm Beach State College. Ms. Albert received her undergraduate degree from Stanford University, completed her post-baccalaureate work at the University of Miami and studied in Europe with one of the last remaining fresco painters. As a figurative artist, she has exhibited her work throughout South Florida. She is also the Principal of Archetype Design Associates, Inc., an award winning interior design company specializing in full scope commercial and residential projects throughout Florida and the Caribbean. Ms. Albert currently resides in Lake Worth, FL.

Erica Ando
County Citizen with Significant Art Background

Erica Ando is a sculptor and adjunct professor at Florida Atlantic University’s Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters. She has been the head designer of her own fashion textile and design company Erica Ando Designs. She has also worked in both non‐profit and commercial galleries and as an archivist for art collectors. She is currently pursuing her Ph. D. in Comparative Studies at Florida Atlantic University with a focus on the cultural relevance of art and how to convey this to non-traditional art audiences. Erica currently resides in Boca Raton, FL.

Rena Blades
Cultural Council of Palm Beach County

Rena Blades has served as the President and CEO for the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County since 2004. Through her leadership the Council has expanded its private and government funded grant programs, arts education initiatives and artist programs. She also spearheaded the creation of the award winning Art&Culture  magazine. Prior to her current position she was the Executive Director for the Brogan Museum of Art and Science for ten years. Rena holds a Master of Fine Arts in Art History from Rice University. She currently resides in North Palm Beach, FL.

Brian Cheguis
Planning/Design Professional - Alternate

Brian Cheguis has worked as a professional Urban Planner/Site Designer with Cotleur & Hearing, Inc. since 2001. He has assisted public and private section clients through the entitlement process and with the development of a wide variety of residential, retail, office, mixed-use and industrial projects throughout South Florida. He has specialized in pedestrian network connectivity and analysis of the interaction of people and the static and mobile walking environments. He has assisted his clients with the coordination and siting of required public artwork within new developments. He is a member of the American Planning Association and past board member of Northwood Renaissance. Brian resides in West Palm Beach, FL.

Vernon Grant
County Citizen with Significant Art Background

Vernon Grant is currently Associate Dean – Humanities, at Palm Beach State College, Lake Worth campus.  At Palm Beach State he also teaches a variety of visual arts courses. Mr. Grant received his Masters of Fine Arts in Painting and Bachelor of Fine Art in Graphic Design from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY. Vernon Grant is a fine artist who creates figurative works as well as portraits. His work has been exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions in a variety of gallery and museum settings. Vernon lives in Boynton Beach, FL.

Jo Ellen Leisinger

Landscape Architect

Jo Ellen Leisinger is a Florida licensed Landscape Architect with a focus on the design of public open spaces. Since 1991 she has been the President/Owner of the Land Stewardship Company, located in West Palm Beach and providing landscape architectural, land planning and urban design services in South Florida. For the past 19 years she has served on the Board of Keep Palm Beach County Beautiful in many capacities; she is currently the Board President. Ms Leisinger is also an appointed member of the West Palm Beach Downtown Action Committee, a quasi-judicial Planning Board that for the Downtown Master Plan area. Jo Ellen resides in West Palm Beach, FL.

Talya Lerman
Professional Non-profit Visual Art Administrator

Talya Lerman graduated with a Bachelors in Business Administration, Management from Northwood University. She is currently the Director of Education at the Armory Art Center in West Palm Beach. Previously, she was the Tour and Volunteer Coordinator at the Norton Museum of Art and the Director of Public Programs for the Palm Beach Institute of Contemporary Art. Both as an Independent Curator as well as affiliated with local non-profits, Ms. Lerman has been heavily involved in the South Florida art scene for over two decades. Talya lives in Lantana, FL.

Cynthia Palmieri
Professional Non-Profit Visual Art Administrator

Cynthia Palmieri has been the Executive Director of Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens in West Palm Beach, FL since 2007. Under Ms. Palmieri’s leadership, the Gardens received the Muse Award for Outstanding Collaboration (2011) and Most Green with the Least Green (2009-10). She has also coordinated and curated the Elizabeth Catlett, Lincoln Center Print Collection, Marino Marini, 100 Years of Women in the Arts, and 30th anniversary of Ann Norton exhibitions. Prior to her current position she was the Business Administrator and Director of Special Projects at Lighthouse Center for the Arts in Tequesta, FL. Cynthia currently resides in Jupiter, FL.

William Waters
Planning/Design Professional

William Waters serves as the City of Lake Worth’s Director for Community Sustainability. He has a Masters Degree in Urban Planning and Architectural Design, Bachelors Degree in City Planning and a Historic Preservation Certificate.  He is both a Florida licensed architect and interior designer, has certification from the National Council of Architectural Boards and has been recognized as a LEED Accredited Professional by the U.S. Green Building Council.  William’s professional career includes design and preservation work for both public and private sectors in Florida, North Carolina, Georgia, Virginia, District of Columbia, the Bahamas and England. He also co-authored the City of West Palm Beach’s first Historic Preservation Guidelines published in 1993. He currently resides in West Palm Beach, FL.