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:
- Advise the County Commission as to the overall policies regarding visual arts in the county.
- Set the direction and conduct the selection of all works of art - whether loaned, donated or acquired - for county property.
- 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.
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.
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.
Planning/Design Professional - Alternate
Brian Cheguis has worked as a professional Urban Planner/Site Designer throughout south Florida since 2001. He has assisted public and private sector clients through the entitlement process and with the development of a wide variety of residential, retail, office, mixed-use and industrial projects throughout the State. 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; a current Board member of the City of West Palm Beach Downtown Action Committee; and, past board member of Northwood Renaissance. Brian resides in West Palm Beach, FL
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.
Marisa J. Pascucci
Professional Non-Profit Visual Art Administrator
Marisa J. Pascucci presently holds a leadership role at the Boca Raton Museum of Art as Curator of Collections where she is charged with the care and development of the permanent collection, planning and selecting the Museum's diverse exhibitions, and creation of relevant public programming. Previously she was a freelance arts writer and adjunct faculty and career advisor at Palm Beach State College. Pascucci’s previous art museum experience includes serving as the Norton Museum of Art’s Smith Curator of American Art along with roles at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts; MOCA, Cleveland; and Cleveland Museum of Art. She graduated from American University with a BA in art history and earned dual MA degrees in art history and museum studies from the joint program between Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Museum of Art. Marisa currently resides in West Palm Beach, FL.
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.