public art network council
Public Art Vice President
Arts Council of Fort Worth & Tarrant County
Fort Worth, Texas
Martha Peters has served on the PAN Council since 2006 and conceived and edited the Public Art Administrative Consultants Directory. Enjoying her 19th year in the field, as vice president, public art with the Arts Council of Fort Worth & Tarrant County, she administers all aspects of Fort Worth Public Art, the city of Fort Worth’s percent for art program. Implementing the overarching Fort Worth Public Art Master Plan and developing public art plans for various funding sources by forging partnerships with elected officials, the community, other public entities, and the private sector, Peters has successfully built a firm foundation of support for this ambitious new program. Since its inception in 2002, more than $18 million has been allocated to public art projects. Peters managed the recently completed Avenue of Light (Cliff Garten Studio) and Parking in Color (PhenomenArts, Inc.), which have both received national acclaim. Under her direction, Fort Worth Public Art has also piloted small scale projects in urban villages, neighborhood parks, as well as Community ID: Public Art in Neighborhoods, a community-nominated projects initiative. Under Peters’ leadership, an interest-bearing Conservation Fund has been established to ensure proper stewardship of the city’s growing public art collection. As administrator of the city of Austin’s Art in Public Places program (1991–2003), Peters oversaw nearly 100 public art projects, secured an increase in public art allocations to two percent, and received the Texas Society of Architects’ Citation of Honor.