Public Arts Advisory Committee

The purpose of the Public Arts Advisory Committee (PAAC) is to integrate a wide range of public art into the community that reflects the diversity of the Village, various artistic disciplines and points of view, as well as to:

  • Promote vitality and economic development throughout the community;
  • Develop a public collection of artwork which has strong aesthetic quality and a wide range of artistic styles and disciplines;
  • Encourage collaboration among artists, architects, engineers and property owners for the public display of art so that buildings, store facades, parks and open spaces are in aesthetic harmony with public art;
  • Provide opportunities for professional artists to sell or lease their art to the Village of Skokie;
  • Disperse public art throughout the community within an initial focus in Downtown Skokie.

WrdSmth Murals
Al's Cycle Shop, 8118 Lincoln Avenue
Euro Echo Cafe, 7919 Lincoln Avenue

Click here to see how WrdSmth creates his murals. 

The murals at Al's Cycle Shop and Euro Echo Cafe were created by internationally known street artist, WrdSmth, on November 29 and 30, 2016.

WrdSmth resides in Los Angeles, California where his work consist of the classic typewriter, with varying positive messages on a white page above. His work can be seen all over the world, from New York City to Paris.

WrdSmth is a Midwest native and lived in Chicago as a writer before quitting his job and moving to LA. Once in LA WrdSmth combined his passion for writing and street art and started creating his now iconic street art messages on blank surfaces around the city, from utility boxes to billboards. His artwork struck a cord with those on social media where his Instagram following has surpassed 100,000.


Grace, Arabella and Davide by Michael Gard
North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie, 9501 Skokie Boulevard

The three suspended lighted wire sculptures were installed San Francisco based artist, Michael Gard, at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie on November 16, 2016 in celebration of the Center's 20th anniversary. 

Gard's sculptures are created using a wire weaving technique he invented as a teenager. Each figure begins as a block of clay and a spool of wire. The clay is sculpted. The sculptures are then reproduced in wax. Individual lengths of wire are woven and knotted stitch-by-stitch around the wax form. Finally the wax is melted away, leaving a rigid figure, both light and strong.

Since 2008 he has been incorporating LED lights into some of the work, such as the ones at the North Shore Center. Gard has used brightly colored enameled wires since 2011.

Gard was born in London in 1971, he moved to the United States in 1994 and has maintained a full-time sculpture studio since 1995. He resides in San Francisco with his wife Andrea and sons Milo and Felix.


Lauren Asta Mural
Miishkooki Art Space, 4517 Oakton Street

Lauren Asta is a San Francisco artist specializing in illustration, oddity art, doodle art, street art and murals. Her art studio is known as the Arthole and is located in Alameda, California. Her murals are all hand painted without any aid of a sketch, projector, or traced outlined. She works completely free hand.
 
Lauren Asta's mural at Miishkookie Art Space was the first mural commissioned by the Skokie Public Arts Advisory Committee. It's perfect example of what the power of public art can do. The goal of the mural project was to promote artistic talent and engage the community by turning empty walls into public canvases thus having a lasting effect on local neighborhoods. The Miishkookie mural took about two weeks to create during October/November 2016. The fact that the Miishkookie Art Space is located on a busy street of both foot traffic and car traffic, meant a lot of people seeing the growth of the mural from start to finish. By the third day, much of the neighborhood had approached Asta and asked what she was doing? Many returned on a daily basis to ask more curious questions about art, Asta's process, why she was doing this and to take pictures. For Asta, it is an opportunity to educate and expose the public to something they maybe aren't too familiar with, or have ever even had a chance to be in proximity of. Public art gives us the opportunity to express emotion, identify with expression, to feel desire, to resonate with an experience, to connect with each other and ultimately to feel human. The mural is welcoming, approachable and was extremely well received. Asta said it was exciting to see people get excited and become alive from something new and different. A finished mural for Asta is always a beautiful thing, but the conversations it creates and the community it builds through connections and relationships is always her desired result. Humans can experience art by letting it move them from the everyday into the world of endless possibilities.

Windswept by Gary Kulak 
Niles Center Road and Skokie Boulevard

​Windswept by Gary Kulak was installed on August 25, 2016 at the pocket park at Niles Center Road and Skokie Boulevard. Windswept is made of welded, powder-coated steel and measures 18' x 4' x 4'.

Sculptor Gary Kulak always strives to create presence through absence. Windswept gives the viewer the feeling of the wind taking the chair and moving it. The chair is a common object with 5,000 years of history representing an individual identity. Kulak gives yet another individual identity to the chair.

Throughout the years Kulak’s work has evolved but continues to represent the individual human spirit and the multitude of emotions felt at any given point in time. There are many different views and perspectives through and around the high chairs for everyone to enjoy. His work characterizes a distinct and intentional work ethic with a focus on structure. Simple elegance, physical forces, spiritual energy and contemporary issues all play an important role in his work.


Entwinement II by Frederick Napoli
Dempster Street and the Skokie Valley Trail

Etwinement II by Frederick Napoli was installed on October 11, 2015 at the Skokie Valley Trail and Dempster Street.  Entwinement II is made of painted welded aluminum and measures 9'6" x 6'6" x 6'6".

Entwinement II echoes the vitality found in the young and old who live their life in the city. It conveys their tendencies to thrive in this unique environment despite it being challenging, stimulating and rewarding all at once.

Fred Napoli utilizes vibrant colors and intertwining elements to express the influence that media has on the city environment and its inhabitants.

Energy bred in the local creative community and the surrounding cultural community and its influence on the audience act as inspiration for his work. The audience experiences these communities through various forms of media including Napoli’s own work.


Virtuosity by Pat McDonald
Jarvis Avenue and Frontage Road

Virtuosity by Oak Park sculpture Pat McDonald was installed on August 12, 2015 at the arrowhead park at Jarvis Avenue and Frontage Road. Virtuosity  is made of painted steel and measures 16' x 8' x 8'.

For McDonald, the term “Virtuosity” is best demonstrated by an expert of gymnastic dance. The mastery of performance as well as the ambitious creativity witnessed when an inspired dancer performs is the moment of grace which McDonald’s sculpture illustrates.  “Virtuosity” is a large red and black painted steel fabrication. It continues a series of work which McDonald has been exploring for many years. In “Virtuosity” his signature steel rings float easily around three gently rolled diamonds, reminiscent of the form, motion, and strength of an exceptional gymnast, mid-routine. The work is so large as to be imposing, but crafted with care enough to maintain elegance. It is clearly the work of a virtuoso.


Bridge by Jennifer Dickson
Lincoln Avenue at Niles Center Road and Galitz Street

Bridge by Chicago sculpture Jennifer Dickson was installed on June 21, 2014 at the intersection of Lincoln Avenue, Niles Center Road and Galitz Street. Bridge is made of bronze and measures 8' x 3'.

The sleek, elongated body can remind the viewer of a gymnast. The title, “Bridge”, brings to mind a more spiritual consideration. The use of a human form as a bridge serves to remind us of the immense potential that we all carry. The seeming lightness of this sculpture parallels its strength and potential.

 

 


Leap of Faith by Terrence Karpowicz 
Lincoln Avenue and Madison Street

Leap of Faith by Chicago sculpture Terrence Karpowicz was installed on May 19, 2014 at the arrowhead park at Lincoln Avenue and Madison Street. Leap of Faith  is made of steel and polymer and measures 9' x 5' x 4' x 7'.

Leap of Faith is an exuberant, triumphant form caught in the midst of a brave action. The sculpture’s “Leap of Faith” is viewed in progress and could be completed with either a graceful landing or a tumbling disaster.

Karpowicz is a popular public artist whose works have consistently popped up around Chicago throughout his 30-year plus career. Karpowicz’s work is defined by tension at the point of contact, or joint, and he enjoys creating this tension. The bending creature in Leap of Faith is bursting with tension, creating an anxious, beautiful sculpture.

 


Wanderlust by Boyan Marinov 
Skokie Valley Trail at Oakton Street

Wanderlust was created by Chicago-based sculptor Boyan Marinov and installed on November 21, 2013 at the Skokie Valley Trail at Oakton Street.  Wanderlust is 8' x 8' x 8' and made of painted steel.

“Wanderlust” exhibits a character similar to Marinov’s own. The figure in the sculpture’s center is an unencumbered traveler. At the center of the universe, the steel character glides effortlessly forward with admirable confidence and ease.

Marinov was born in Veliko Turnovo, Bulgaria and moved to the United States to pursue his passion in woodworking. He now owns his own furniture woodworking shop.  Though he is a talented woodworker, Marinov’s sculptures have been in the more element-resistant medium of metal.

 

 


Constant by Joey Manson
Gross Point Road and Wright Terrace

Constant was created by South Carolina sculptor Joey Manson and installed on Monday, August 19, 2013 at Gross Point Road and Wright Terrace.  Constant is 14' x 7' x 4' and made of painted steel, bronze and concrete.

Manson works with industrial materials, often depicting the natural environment.  His sculptures becomes an exploration of the built environment and systems ecology. Constant abstracts a moment in a natural cycle of a plant emerging from dormancy. The title of this sculpture refers to the renewal of this cycle and touches on our dependency on this constant.

 

 

 

 

 


Spring by Ray Katz
Skokie Valley Trail north of Niles Center Road

Spring was created by Michigan sculptor Ray Katz and installed on Monday, November 19, 2012 on the Skokie Valley Trail north of Niles Center Road.  Spring is approximately 18' tall and constructed of fabricated and bolted painted steel.

Katz passion for sculpture began during his development as an artist. His sculptures are abstract. The manipulation of form in space creates visual balance using rhythm, action and movement. Katz then creates compositions that convey the implied energy found in his works.

 

 


Burst by Dusty Folwarczny

Skokie Valley Trail at Dempster Street CTA Station

Burst was created by Chicago sculptor Dusty Folwarczny and installed on Wednesday, October 17, 2012 on the Skokie Valley Trail near the entrance to the Dempster Street CTA Yellow Line Station.  Burst is approximately 8' tall and made of salvaged steel.

Burst is a part of a series of reconstructed pillars, responding to the vertical appeal of the city. In Burst, Dusty explores the tension between heavy metal and gravity, exposing the raw aesthetic of rust.

Burst was constructed in 2011 for the Chicago Lakefront Sculpture Exhibit. The piece was then on display in Oak Park, Illinois as a part of the annual Oak Park Sculpture Walk. 

 


Stele LXVIII, Dogon by Clyde Lynds
Lincoln Avenue and Warren Street (municipal parking lot)

Stele LXVII, Dogon was created by New York based sculptor Clyde Lynds and installed on Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at the municipal parking lot at Lincoln Avenue and Warren Street in Downtown Skokie.  Stele LXVII, Dogon is approximately 95" tall and is made of carved concrete and fiber optics on an aluminum base.  The fiber optics are constantly changing colors and color patterns.

Throughout Clyde Lynds' career he has created a number of public art pieces throughout the state of New Jersey, New York and all over the northeast.

Click here to read a statement by sculptor Clyde Lynds.

 


Luminescence by David Noguchi
Skokie Valley Trail at Searle Parkway

Luminescence was created by Chicago sculptor David Noguchi in 2009 for the Chicago Lakefront Sculpture Exhibit, where it was exhibited at the intersection of Halsted, Lincoln and Fullerton.  Made of stainless steel and standing 18' tall, Luminescence was installed at the Skokie Valley Trail at Searle Parkway (near the Illinois Science + Technology Park) on Tuesday, September 25, 2012.

Luminescence is a torch that surprises the viewer with its ability to change position and offer itself in a different light. The commanding size and assumed weight of the flame surprises the viewer by the ease with which it moves. A realization takes hold that the curves within the steel were created for their reflective quality and for their ability to catch a breeze. Once that happens, the viewer is hooked and the intricacies of the work are a joy to behold.

 


 

Everreel by Evan Lewis
Oakton-Skokie CTA Station, northwest corner of Skokie Boulevard and Searle Parkway

EVERREEL was installed at the new Oakton-Skokie CTA station (northwest corner of Skokie Boulevard and Searle Parkway) on Wednesday, June 20, 2012.  The sculpture was formally dedicated at the Community Celebration on Sunday, June 24, 2012.

The Village of Skokie's Public Arts Advisory Committee (PAAC) commissioned Chicago based sculptor Evan Lewis to create the stainless steel piece.  The name EVERREEL is a play on words that references the sculpture being almost constantly in motion. 

Lewis has been producing and exhibiting outdoor kinetic wind sculptures since 1984.  Lewis's work to create kinetic wind sculptures have been commissioned in locations such as Chicago, Illinois, Toledo, Ohio, Phoenix, Arizona, Denver, Colorado and Chattanooga, Tennessee to name a few.

 


Sunshang by Courtney Williams
"Car Wash Park", Gross Point Road north of Dempster Street

Shang Sun by Courtney Williams was generously donated to the Village for its Public Arts Collection by the Skokie North Shore Sculpture Park.  The sculpture was restored and installed at "Car Wash Park" on Gross Point Road north of Dempster Street on Friday, September 30, 2011.

  

 


French Kiss by Ron Gard
Northeast corner of Lamon Avenue and Louise Avenue

French Kiss by Ron Gard was installed on Friday, September 23, 2011 at the northeast corner of Lamon and Louise Avenue.  Before being purchased for the Skokie Public Arts Collection, French Kiss was exhibited at the Skokie North Shore Sculpture Park from 2009 to 2011 and was awarded the Lewis C. Weinberg Memorial Biennial Competition.

 

 


The Glowing of Such Fire by Richard Taylor
Village Green, 5155 Oakton Street

The first sculpture chosen and purchased by the Village of Skokie PAAC is The Glowing of Such Fire by Richard Taylor

The sculpture was installed on Tuesday, October 21, 2008 in the Village Green, located between Skokie Village Hall (5127 Oakton Street) and the Skokie Public Library (5215 Oakton Street).

Click here to view photos from the installation.   


Gourd Man by Shencheng Xu
Village Green, 5155 Oakton Street

The second sculpture chosen and purchased by the Village of Skokie PAAC is Gourd Man by Shencheng Xu.

The sculpture was installed in late-April, 2009 in the Village Green, located between Skokie Village Hall (5127 Oakton Street) and the Skokie Public Library (5215 Oakton Street).

 

 

 


Skokie Light Sculpture by John David Mooney
Village Greeen, 5155 Oakton Street

The Village of Skokie Fine Arts Commission commissioned the Skokie Light Sculpture from artist John David Mooney in 1976. The sculpture was dedicated on September 24, 1978.  SkokieLight was the Village's first piece of commissioned public art. 

The sculpture is approximately 20 feet tall, made of steel and glows red and blue. The internal lighting of the sculpture was first accomplished with neon lights and in 2000 was replaced with fiber optics. As lighting technology advanced the lighting components were upgraded to LED in July 2012.

Mooney is an internationally recognized artist for his large-scale, public sculptures that have been showcased from Chicago to Australia to the Vatican Observatory at Castel Gandolfo, Italy.


Public Arts Advisory Committee Members
Commission size: 5 members
Term: Temporary
Meeting date: As needed
Members:

Honorable Barbara M Meyer, Chair
Steve Bynum
Tammi Finestone
Andrea Horyn
Susie Lorge
Zach Williams
Liaison: Nick Wyatt