Public Arts Commission

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The Maple Valley Public Arts Commission was formed early in 2013 for the purpose of providing leadership to foster cultural opportunities and arts education, to improve the quality of life and enhance the aesthetic environment through public art, to promote Maple Valley as a creative center for arts experiences, activities and commissions, and to provide recommendations to the City Council on matters of the arts in the Maple Valley community. Commissioners are appointed by the Mayor, with confirmation by the City Council.

Current members of the Public Arts Commission are:

  • Voting Representatives:
  • Brent Pennington, Chair
  • Trevor Lind, Vice Chair
  • Robin Porter
  • Jeonghee Churches
  • Suzanne Gardner (Maple Valley Creative Arts Council Representative)
  • Non-Voting & Alternate Representatives:
  • Tiesha Fields (Works in Maple Valley Representative)
  • Neviah Leer (Student Representative)
  • Brenda Chrystie (Maple Valley Creative Arts Council Representative Alternate)
  • Tom Cowdery (Alternate 1)
  • Open (Alternate 2)
  • Open (Alternate 3)
  • Open (Student Representative)
  • Dorothy Stickney, Staff Liaison

To contact members of the Public Arts Commission please contact staff liaison, Dorothy Stickney at or 425-413-8800. 

The Commission meets at least 6 times per year.

The activities and goals, and rules of procedure for the City of Maple Valley Public Arts Commission may be reviewed at:  MVMC Section 2.95.050 and Rules of Procedure [PDF].

The Public Arts Commission’s vision for public arts in Maple Valley is:

We imagine the day when people and businesses are drawn to Maple Valley because of the City's reputation as an arts and cultural mecca.  On this day, citizens won't be able to imagine Maple Valley without its arts and cultural offerings.

The Public Arts Commission’s mission is:

The Maple Valley Public Arts Commission provides leadership and supports collaborative efforts that enhance the aesthetic environment of Maple Valley through public art.  It promotes cultural opportunities and experiential arts immersion throughout the community.

These are the core values upon which the Public Arts Commission’s future strategic plan and initiatives will be based: 

  • PRIDE in heritage, history, and community
  • Arts EDUCATE
  • Arts enhance the ECONOMY
  • ADVOCATE for the arts

The City and Public Arts Commission define “public arts” as:

Art is part of the cultural thread that ties generations of citizens together, creating opportunities for expression, reflection, participation, understanding, and education.  Art in public places draws people together, creates vibrant neighborhoods, and stimulates thought and engagement. Public arts enhance the built and natural environments that are unique to Maple Valley.  Expanding the public’s awareness of and experience with the arts is vital to preserving our cultural heritage, improving contemporary life, enhancing the community’s identity, and supporting the growth of the local economy.



Summit Park Transformer Utility Box Artwork Project

Budget:  $2,000 (inclusive of all artist fees, design, labor and travel)

Submission Deadline:  August 30, 2019

The City of Maple Valley, Washington invites local professional artists/artist teams to submit their qualifications for consideration to design site-specific artwork to enhance a large transformer utility box located at Summit Park.  The artwork will be an innovative way to convert a very large green metal utility box into a beautiful piece of public art!

The selected artist will design original artwork and submit in a designated electronic format.  The City will have the artwork professionally printed onto vinyl and installed as a wrap on the utility box. 

For project details, please view the Request for Qualifications:  Call to Artists below or contact Dorothy Stickney at or (425) 413-8800. 

RFQ - Call to Artists - [PDF]

RFQ Page


Introducing Lake Wilderness Lodge Art Exhibition Program!
A place for local artists to show case their artwork

Artists working in 2 dimensional art or Custodians of such artwork are invited to apply for the Lake Wilderness Lodge Art Exhibition Program.  Please complete the application via the link below and follow submission instructions. 

For additional information, please view the Call for Loaned Art Exhibits or contact Dorothy Stickney at or (425) 413-8800.

Link to application [PDF] - Works best when used with Google Chrome
Link to Call for Loaned Art Exhibits [PDF]

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