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Jill Manton

Director of Public Art Trust and Special Initiatives, SF Arts Commission

Jill Manton is a nationally recognized leader in the field of public art where she has successfully created innovative programs and partnerships. At the SF Arts Commission, she has served in various capacities as Director of Programs, Director of Public Art, and is currently Director of the Public Art Trust and Special Initiatives.  Most recently, she has authored the Treasure Island Arts Master Plan, which establishes a framework for the implementation of a $50 million art program over the next twenty years. That plan was the result of her success in re-purposing funds ear-marked for art at the private development site to be used exclusively for the public realm. She wrote legislation to create a Public Art Trust, which provides greater options for developers relative to their 1% for art requirement.

Among the many programs she has designed and implemented are: the Transbay Public Art Program, the Art on Market Street program, a temporary sculpture program for the City’s public plazas that has featured artists such as Louise Bourgeois, Keith Haring and Zhang Huan among others and the Street SmARTS Anti-Graffiti program through which urban artists are paid and paired with private property owners to create sanctioned artworks. Ms. Manton was invited by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission to curate a collection of more than 300 works for their new headquarters in San Francisco. She also manages cultural endeavors and collaborations with San Francisco’s Sister City Program, working directly with foreign consulates and dignitaries.  She is a recipient of a Rockefeller Foundation Grant for a residency at the Bellagio Center in Italy, is a past elected Chair of the national Public Art Network and a member of the Advisory Board for the Public Art Review magazine.

Session: Innovation - Public Art at the Forefront: Community-driven, Place-based Strategies