Public Art Advisory Commission

Public art enhances the feel of a city and enriches the lives of residents. It offers entertainment and enjoyment for residents and visitors, which in turn can help attract businesses and enhance the reputation of Waukee. With this in mind, the Waukee City Council established the Waukee Public Art Advisory Commission in 2022.

About the Commission

The Waukee Public Art Advisory Commission helped develop a unified public art strategy for the Waukee community. View the Public Art and Culture Plan. With the plan in place, the commission advises the Mayor, City Council and other community groups and agencies that are initiating a public art project on the proposed site, selection of a professional artist and commissioning of a public artwork. The commission also guides and monitors the design development process through reviews at various stages to ensure artistic and design quality, integration with the site and relevance to the community.

This seven-member commission:

  • Has staggered 3-year terms, February-January.
  • Meets quarterly for 1-2 hours plus additional meetings as necessary.

Definition of Public Art

For this commission, public art encompasses art that is visually and physically accessible to the public and installed in public indoor and outdoor spaces. Public art may include, but is not limited to, murals, sculpture, memorials, integrated architectural or landscape architectural work. For public art, artists and organizations may work in conjunction with architects, fabricators/construction workers, community residents and leaders, designers, funding organizations and others to define, review, fund and install the art. Examples include:

  • Stand-alone pieces, such as sculptures, statues or structures
  • Integrated into the built environment (e.g., façades, pavements or landscapes), such as bas reliefs, mosaics or digital lighting
  • Applied art (to a surface), such as murals or building-mounted sculptures
  • Direct hands-on interaction pieces, such as interactive musical, light, video or water components

Instances of Public Art in Waukee

Left image is little girl hugging a Scooby Doo sculpture; right is a wooden fox sculpture
Aerial view of the roundabout in shape of Waukee city logo on Warrior Lane
Little girl playing metal harp in Triangle Park
Four black pillars of the Veterans Memorial outside the Waukee Community Center
American Gothic sculpture through the grass outside the Public Library
City logo sculptures in median on Grand Prairie Parkway
Metal Waukee City logo on side of a picnic table in Triangle Park
Night image of Railroad Pergola lit up at Raccoon River Valley Trail
Spaghetti and meatballs with fork play structure at Alice Nizzi Park
  • Railroad Pergola: In the Shadow of the Rails on the Raccoon River Valley Trail
  • Murals on Kenny’s Garage
  • Harp in Triangle Park
  • Roundabout on Warrior Lane
  • City of Waukee logo signs + banners on the light poles and in medians
  • City of Waukee logo wraps on utility boxes
  • Veterans memorial near the Community Center
  • American Gothic sculpture at the Library
  • Engraved rock outside the Public Safety building
  • Sculpture outside the YMCA building
  • "&" sculpture at Kum & Go gas stations
  1. Jon Eichhorn

    Commissioner

  1. Megan Giudicessi

    Commissioner

  1. Weston Mallgren

    Commissioner

  1. Kathryn Murray

    Commissioner

  1. Abbey Christensen

    Commissioner

  1. Amy Schrodt

    Commissioner

  1. Charlie Notheis

    Commissioner