About the Authors

Lake Douglas holds degrees in landscape architecture from Louisiana State University and Harvard University, and has completed coursework for a Ph.D. in urban studies/urban history at the University of New Orleans. He received a Williams Research Fellowship at the Historic New Orleans Collection.

He organized ArtsPlan in 1999 and consults in public art, arts management, landscape architecture and related fields. His clients are regional arts organizations, state and local governments, and individual artists.

Until early 1999, he was Assistant Director of the Arts Council of New Orleans, responsible for program planning, project development and ongoing project management for the Louisiana Artists Guild. As the Arts Councilís Public Art Director, Douglas initiated and administered the Percent For Art Program for the City of New Orleans and developed public art programs for governmental agencies and corporations. During his tenure, over 75 sites throughout the city of New Orleans were developed for public art installations. Douglas has also taken a leadership role in public art issues through Louisianaís Public Art Coalition.

Douglas's landscape architecture projects have involved public sector work, residential and commercial projects, and historic landscape design projects. In 2001 he will curate an exhibit at the Historic New Orleans Collection on gardening in 19th century New Orleans. Douglas has taught at the university level and has lectured at various universities and institutions in the region. He has served as a panelist for community development and public art conferences; and a juror for numerous visual art shows and competitions throughout the Southeast. He has been a grants review panelist for the Louisiana Division of the Arts and the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation.

Books Douglas has authored include New Orleans Gardens: Exquisite Excess (2001); Hillside Gardening (1987), Site Perspectives (1986), and co-authored A Garden Heritage: Arkansas Territorial Restoration (1983). With Deborah de la Houssaye he has completed an annotated translation of Nouveau Jardinier de la Louisiane, a horticultural work published in New Orleans (1838). He has written chapters and essays for Garden Design (1984), The Oxford Companion to Gardens (1986), and Frederick Law Olmsted: Old South Critic/New South Planner (1979). Douglas served recently as interim art critic for the Times-Picayune in New Orleans and is currently writing a column for Preservation in Print. He has been book review editor for Landscape Architecture Magazine and Garden Design. His articles and book reviews have appeared in a variety of professional, academic, and popular journals in America, France, and England. His writings, planning studies, and published works have been recognized with awards from the American Society of Landscape Architects, the ASLA Louisiana State Chapter, and from the Louisiana Chapter of the American Planning Association. He serves on the boards of the New Orleans Botanical Garden and KidSmart, an arts program for at-risk inner-city youth.

Jack Mackie is a public artist who resides in Seattle. In twenty-three years of practice as a public artist, he has participated in major urban redevelopment and new construction projects in the United States and Europe. He has served as lead design team artist for the Downtown Seattle Transit Project; project artist for the Santa Clara County, California, light rail project; design team member with MBM Arquitects of Barcelona for the Bute Avenue Corridor in Cardiff, Wales, U.K.; lead artist for American Airlines and the Miami International Airport for the new 47-gate international terminal; and design team artist with NBBJ Architects for a new King County office building in downtown Seattle.

Mackie is a former chair of the Public Art Committee for the Seattle Arts Commission, and currently serves as artist representative to the Seattle Design Commission and the Seattle Light Rail Review Panel. Public art guidelines and publications he has authored or co-authored include the Art and Design Program for the Dallas Area Rapid Transit Authority; the Aesthetic Design Standards and Design Implementation Procedures for CENTRO Transport Authority, Birmingham, UK; Portland State Universityís Public Art Guidelines, Portland, Oregon; and the Public Art Program for the Memphis/Shelby County Central Library in Tennessee. Mackie has energized communities throughout the country with his presentations and vision; his visits to New Orleans as its program was starting and his continued involvement with Louisiana public arts programs have inspired and propelled the public art movement forward. Working in collaboration with artists, engineers, architects, urban planners and the citizens of the communities being served, Mr. Mackie has come to understand that while public art requires an enlightened attitude, the art of making places public fosters that attitude.

Emery Clark is a painter and an environmental artist. For many years she served on the Arts Council of New Orleans Percent For Art Committee. Clark has received numerous fellowships and awards and has exhibited her work in one-person and group shows throughout the region. Her work was recently featured in a retrospective exhibition organized by the University of Louisiana, Lafayette, that traveled to universities through Louisiana. Her work is included in major public and private collections in Louisiana and the United States.

Mary Len Costa is public art associate for the Arts Council of New Orleans. She holds a degree in studio art from Rhodes College in Memphis and is an accomplished ceramic artist and weaver. For many years she designed floral fabrics for a local firm that supplied fabrics to international markets. She has had over twenty-five years experience in local neighborhood preservation and community development initiatives.

Kristina Ford recently resigned from her position as executive director of the City Planning Commission in New Orleans to organize the New Orleans Building Corporation, a public-benefit organization formed to develop city-owned property into revenue-generating projects. She holds a PhD degree in planning from the University of Michigan and has taught at Williams College, Rutgers University, New York University and the University of Mississippi. In addition, Ford has written three textbooks on community planning issues. She has served on the Arts Councilís Percent For Art Committee as the mayor's representative and has participated in several local public art juries. During her tenure as executive director of the City Planning Commission, administrative procedures were created that mandate the inclusion of public art in all major private and public developments in New Orleans that seek development concessions.

Jan Fowler graduated from the University of Tennessee with a degree in education and completed additional undergraduate studies in fine arts at Louisiana Technical University in Ruston. She became executive director of River Oaks Square Arts Center in 1994, and in 2000 she moved into a consulting position, advising on developing public art issues in Alexandria. During her tenure, River Oaks Square Arts Center expanded into a new 15,000 square foot facility that houses studios and work spaces for local visual artists and has commissioned its first public art installation.

Douglas MacCash is staff writer and art critic for the New Orleans Times-Picayune. He holds a graduate degree in painting from Tulane University and has completed many public art commissions in New Orleans and Louisiana. Two major commissions for the Percent For Art Program were banners for New Orleans Fire Stations and a mural for the childrenís section of the Latter Library. Prior to his current position at the Times-Picayune, MacCash served as head preparator for the Historic New Orleans Collection and as visual arts curator for the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans. He has served on the Arts Council of New Orleans Percent For Art Committee as well as on several public art juries.

Kelly McDade has served as public art director for the Shreveport Regional Arts Council for the past eight years. She graduated from Newcomb College at Tulane University with a double major in art history and philosophy, and worked in a variety of museums and galleries prior to her current position. During her tenure as public art director, SRAC has completed many public art projects through innovative funding strategies. McDade has also taken a leadership role in creating Louisianaís Public Art Coalition.