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Hilliard Public Arts Commission


The Public Arts Commission advises and makes recommendations to City Council and the City Manager regarding the appropriation, funding, selection, acquisition, maintenance, and the thoughtful placement of public art throughout the community.

The Commission is charged with creating a public art plan for Council to adopt and advises about mechanisms for implementation of a public art program that enriches the visual and aesthetic environment of primarily public spaces within the community. The Commission’s goal is to provide the value of public art and enrich the lives of Hilliard residents and visitors.

The Commission consists of six members who are appointed by Council to serve two-year terms, plus one Council representative.


Commission member since 2017

Term ends 2023


Daniel is a fine artist who was instrumental in convincing City Council to form the Hilliard Public Arts Commission and a public art code that would allow artists to create works in the City of Hilliard. In 2017, Hilliard City Council formed the Hilliard Public Arts Commission. She was asked to chair the PAC.

She is proud of the City of Hilliard for taking the steps to demonstrate that it values public art. It creates positive economic impact by bringing people here to see the art while exposing them to local businesses. She believes that art gives us some identity and makes people aware of our history. It improves our quality of life.

Hilliard community service

As a PAC member, she has helped facilitate three murals and 18 wrapped traffic boxes with sunflower themes for the city.


Daniel has been married for 42 years to her high-school sweetheart. They have lived in Old Hilliard for 39 years. They have three children who attended Hilliard City Schools. She now has five grandchildren. She has been a certified professional midwife for 36 years.

Commission member since 2023


Denick has a bachelor’s degree in theater design and production and an master’s in digital imaging and design. As a design executive experienced in creative, brand, and product design for a wide range of categories, she combines her unique perspective as a theatrical artist and production designer with her experience leading new business development, global growth, and market expansion to drive innovation and design excellence.

She began her career in the visual arts and excelled in creating designs that helped bring the story on stage to life. She transitioned to product development in textiles, where she designed patterns and developed new material strategy for upholstery, linen, drapery, and wall coverings. She advanced to direct creative design, marketing, product development and management, designing creative materials, brand messaging, campaigns, and products that tell compelling stories.

Commission member since 2021


Kent has spent 20 years in the performing arts, touring his comedy and magic show around the world. He feels fortunate to have been able to perform in almost every state in the U.S. and 16 different countries. He is happy to contribute his artistic visions and love for Hilliard to the Public Arts Commission.

Hilliard community service

He joined the Hilliard Public Arts Commission in 2021 and enjoys seeing the fruits of its labor around the city, including the outstanding murals and decorated traffic boxes.


In addition to touring with his show, he enjoys wildlife photography, traveling, and hosting an award-winning podcast called “The Internet Says It’s True.”

Commission member

Commission member since 2017


Rehbeck is an elementary art teacher in Hilliard with a bachelor’s degree in art education from Bowling Green State University and a master’s in curriculum and instruction from Otterbein College. 

Hilliard community service

She enjoys participating in growing the arts opportunities in Hilliard with her membership on the Public Arts Commission and as a Hilliard Arts Council board member.


She and her husband, Matt, have lived in Hilliard for 25 years. They have raised their children here and enjoy all that Hilliard has to offer.

Commission member

Term ends 2024


Uttley is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a major in business administration. He is owner of Columbus Appraisal, LLC; a certified general appraiser by the State of Ohio; holder of two professional designations, including the senior residential appraiser from the Appraisal Institute; and a realtor member of the Columbus Realtors Association.

Hilliard community service

He and his wife were born and raised in Hilliard and involved in many community organizations through the years, including the Hilliard Baseball Association, Hilliard Optimist Club, Hilliard Arts Council, Hilliard Sons of the American Legion, and Hilliard Community Foundation. He has served alternately on Hilliard City Council and the Planning and Zoning Commission since 1993.


Uttley’s family loves Hilliard, and most still live in this area.

Cynthia Vermillion began her first term on Hilliard City Council in January 2020.

She believes effective local government agencies must take steps to involve community residents, seeking their ideas and input, and that bold steps are often necessary for the betterment of a community.

Cynthia is a first-generation American who was raised in San Diego, Calif., by parents who taught her the importance of hard work. Her father started a small wrought iron furniture manufacturing plant in Tijuana, Mexico, while her mother stayed home to take care of her and her three older siblings.

In 2004, Cynthia, her husband, and four children – Rebekah, Sarah, Christian and Madeline – relocated to Hilliard.

In 2014, she and her husband became involved with a group that fed the homeless of Columbus every week. In 2015, they were asked to lead this activity, which they did on a bi-weekly basis for almost 2 1/2 years, serving up homemade meals and gathering donations of blankets, clothing, and other supplies. She believes this service has been one of the most rewarding and eye-opening experiences of her life.

Cynthia received her bachelor of science degree in telecommunications and film from San Diego State University. She works for Coldwell Banker King Thompson as a licensed real estate agent.

She serves as chair of Progress Hilliard, a local progressive group, and is vice president of PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) Columbus. She has been a member of Columbus Board of Realtors since 2015.

Cynthia Vermillion is currently City Council President.

Cynthia’s term runs through December 2027.

Ed Merritt is the Director of Recreation and Parks for the City of Hilliard.


The Commission meets at 5 p.m. on the first Monday of each month at the Municipal Building, 3800 Municipal Way. Contact the commission with questions or for more information. All meetings are open to the public.

Hilliard's public art program

In 2020, Hilliard Public Arts Commission hired Curtis Goldstein to create its first public art project. This 50-foot-wide mural, located on Center Street, features a train, which pays homage to Hilliard’s history as a railroad stop in the mid-1800s. Other components, such as the sunflowers and grain silos, are symbols of Hilliard’s agricultural roots.

Goldstein is an arts and design professional who explores human experience from multiple angles—as biological creature, as builder and inventor, as history and memory maker, as collaborator and cohabiter. He has a history of working in the fine art industry, skilled in collage, contemporary art, printmaking, art education, and painting. Goldstein graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a master of fine arts degree and from The Ohio State University with a bachelor of fine arts degree.

Goldstein said, “A strong component of my artwork involves raising awareness of history, the environment, and building a stronger sense of community through the arts. Throughout Ohio and beyond, I have had the pleasure and honor to be welcomed by neighborhoods and villages to create public artworks. I strongly believe that a successful community project requires listening to people, of a community, inspiring and education young people, and providing pleasure and thoughtful contemplation to all.”

About the Artist | Video of the dedication | ThisWeek Interview

Train mural on the side of Ottie's Tavern

The Hilliard Civic and Cultural Arts Center, 5425 Center Street, was selected as the site of a community mural, “Coloring The Path To Our Future,” created by artist Mandi Caskey, Hilliard City Schools teacher Amanda Schaeffer, and Schaeffer’s Art and Ecology students. The mural came about through an Ohio Arts Council grant to engage students in art beyond their classroom. The artwork was unveiled on May 3, 2020.

The Hilliard Arts Council provided funding for the wood base, paint, and brushes for the work. Community involvement also includes Sherwin Williams, which gave a deep discount for paint and supplies.

Video of dedication | HAC Website

A mural on the side of a building of a girl with colors and doodles around her.

Columbus-based artist Jeremy Jarvis put the finishing touches on his mural on December 30, 2021. Residents can see it on display on the side of the Hilliard Civic and Cultural Arts Center (HCCAC), near the Heritage Rail Trailhead in Downtown Hilliard. In September 2021, Jarvis was selected by the Hilliard Public Arts Commission (HPAC) to create an original mural on the south wall of the HCCAC, located at 5425 Center Street.

The theme is “gratitude” and depicts three individuals on a stage with hands of audience members clapping around an ornate border. Jarvis said the mural took more than 300 hours to complete over a three-month period.

“Gratitude” was designed to evoke a feeling of appreciation for the arts and the connection between the artist and the community, as well as a strong sentiment of gratitude, because without the community as the audience art has no place to grow and flourish.

The mural design depicts three artists who have just completed a performance in a theater setting. They share a look of satisfaction, joy and gratitude as they realize they have perfectly executed their art in exactly the way they had hoped, dreamed, and rehearsed. They radiate with a glowing sense of accomplishment and feel a strong connection to the audience.

They are shown expressing these feelings through their eyes and hand gestures. The woman on the left is hand-signing the words “thank you.” The girl in the center is holding a bouquet of flowers that she has been given for her exceptional performance. The man on the right holds his hands over his heart to communicate his strong feelings of thankfulness to the audience.

The members of the audience are shown through their hands near the bottom of the design. Their appreciation is illustrated through their thunderous applause and the showering of flowers and rose pedals. The audience symbolizes the community and all people who open themselves up to appreciate and invest in the arts.

Jarvis is an artist from Westerville. He grew up in Michigan. He attended The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, then attended the Columbus College of Art and Design, where he attained his BFA in Fine Art. Jarvis now creates art nationwide through his company Jarvis Art Studio, based in Columbus. To see more about Jeremy and his artwork, go to

mural on side of building

Eighteen metal street-side traffic boxes have been covered in artworks featuring sunflowers. The artworks consist of vinyl graphics designed to cover the boxes, which contain wiring and equipment that control traffic signals.

The artists each brought a distinct style to the artwork, but each kept the required sunflower theme in mind in their designs.

Artists selected were Maureen Clark of Columbus; Amber Apel of Hilliard; Mimi Ferrari-Ninde of Hilliard; Samuel Dixon of Silver Springs, Maryland; Juan Daza of Hilliard; Jennifer Geiger of Kingsport, Tennessee; Erin Birum of Columbus; Abeer Abo-Shihata of Hilliard; Noelle Hampton, Hilliard; Carol Gregory, Columbus; Miranda Gray, Columbus; Karen Lowry, Urbana; Lori Engler, Columbus; Martha Thomas Columbus; Collaboration of Westerwood Artists, Columbus; Katie Hofacker, Columbus; Donna Estep, Galloway; and Greg Strouse, Hilliard.

These mobile murals at the Clyde “Butch” Seidle Community Pool were created by Hilliard Middle and High School students.

The art, created in partnership with teachers and students at Hilliard City Schools, changes each summer.

General HPAC Forms

Mural Application

A boy diving into water
A boy blowing bubbles

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