The Public Art Commission is responsible for making recommendations to the City Commission regarding advocating for the program and the process and procedures that guide the acquisition and care of public art; identify and pursue additional sources of funds relative to the promotion of public art in the City; inform the public regarding public art including opportunities for public participation in all phases of the City’s public art process; promote the visual arts of the City and the State of Florida and inform and work to increase understanding within the City about the purposes and meaning of public works of art using methods such as art outreach education, media and social events.
Meetings are held on the fourth Tuesday of the month at 3 PM, in the City Commission Chambers, located at 300 N. Park Avenue, Sanford, FL 32771. City residency is not required to serve on the Public Art Commission.
Public Art Commission Members
Virginia Poe (Chairman)
Virginia Poe is a 30 year resident of Seminole County. Virginia has had a career in the graphic arts/publishing industry and holds a Bachelor of Design from the University of Florida. She recently has taken drawing, painting and printmaking classes at Seminole State College. Virginia is a working artist with a studio in Historic Downtown Sanford and site on the Board of Trustees for the Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens in Winter Park. Virginia is also a member of the Florida Cultural Alliance which liaisons with the Florida Legislature.
Kim House has been a longtime advocate for the arts in Sanford. She has been a professional clay artist for over 30 years having taught many art mediums from her art studio and gallery. A dedicated volunteer, she is a co-founder of the St. Johns River Festival of the Arts, the Historic Sanford Welcome Center and the Sanford Alive After Five.
Reggie Santilli is a graduate of Stetson University. A resident of DeLand, she has served on the board of trustees for the Museum of Art, past president of museum, board of Fall Festival of Arts, ECHO, steering committee of public arts in DeLand and the Volusia County Cultural Council.
Breri Sprysenki was raised in Longwood, Florida, and attended grade school in Seminole County. She has spent most of her life connected to the arts, earning her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting from the University of Florida. Breri currently designs and fabricates jewelry. Earning her Master of Arts in Teaching from Rollins College, she has spent the last 12 years as a teacher and resource coach for Orange County Public Schools.
Jessica Vick has a passion for all types of visual culture. She holds a Master of Arts in Art History from Syracuse University, a Master of Fine Arts in Media Design from Full Sail University, and a Bachelor of Arts in the History and Criticism of Art from Jacksonville University. She started her career teaching Art History and more recently moved into Staff and Cultural Development at Full Sail University in Winter Park, FL. Her passion is spreading the development of a visual literary to a broader audience.
City Commissioner Patty Mahany
Commissioner Patty Mahany was elected in June 2010 in a special election. Commissioner Mahany is the former President of the Woman's Club of Sanford, 2012-2014, Vice President of the Sanford Airport Memorial Committee, (the group responsible for designing, funding and building Naval Air Station Sanford’s Memorial Park) and restoring the aircraft currently on display at that venue. Patty Mahany also serves on the Council of Local Governments (CALNO), the Seminole County Community Development Block Grant Board, the Seminole County Public Schools Facilities Planning Committee, and the current Commission member and co-founder of the Sanford Task Force on Homelessness. Commissioner Mahany has been married for 21 years to her husband Sean Mahany, a Retired Navy Chief Warrant Officer. Patty Mahany is a third generation native of Sanford and has lived in their home in District Four for 26 years. Commissioner Mahany is a graduate of Seminole High School, afterwards graduating from the St. Petersburg School of Veterinary Technology in 1982 in which she enjoyed a wonderful career working in both large and small animal medicine.