Hilliard Public Arts Commission
The Council of the City of Hilliard appoints a Public Arts Commission to advise and make recommendations to the City Manager and City Council. The Public Arts Commission is charged by Council with creating a public art plan for Council to adopt and to advise the Council about mechanisms for implementation of a public art program to enrich the visual and aesthetic environment of primarily public spaces within the City of Hilliard.
The Public Arts Commission reviews and recommends public art projects and makes recommendations to the City Manager and City Council regarding the appropriation, funding, selection, acquisition, maintenance and placement of Public Art.
Hilliard’s Public Arts Commission is responsible for the thoughtful placement of art throughout the community. The commission’s goal is to promote the value of public art and enrich the lives of Hilliard’s residents and visitors.
- Omar Tarazi, City Council Representative
- Kelley Daniel, Chair
- Jon Parker-Jones
- Rebecca (Becky) Rehbeck, Secretary
- Michael Kent
- William (Bill) Uttley
- Matthew Sparks
The Public Arts 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.
Hilliard's Public Art Program
Center Street Mural
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.
HCCAC Mural, "Coloring The Path To Our Future"
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.
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 Old 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 over 300 hours to complete over a three-month period.
Traffic Boxes Murals
Some traffic utility boxes in Hilliard are about to get a little more colorful.
Thanks to the latest Hilliard Public Arts Commission public arts project, eight of the normally drab metal streetside boxes will be covered in artworks featuring sunflowers. The artworks will consist of vinyl graphics designed to cover the boxes, which contain wiring and equipment that control traffic signals.
The call for artists generated responses from about 60 artists. The boxes are along Main Street and Cemetery Road.
“There was a really overwhelming turnout of artists responding to our call for artists,” said Kelley Daniels, president of HPAC. “We hope this is round one of wrapping the boxes and adding art in our city.”
The eight finalists each brought a distinct style to the artwork, but each kept the required sunflower theme in mind in their designs.
The artwork will be installed in May and is expected to be durable enough to last five years.
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; and Abeer Abo-Shihata of Hilliard.