Who selects the artist and what sorts of conventions govern the makeup of a selection panel?

A selection panel is typically comprised of five to eight people drawn from a variety of professional backgrounds. Participants might include architects, landscape architects, design professionals, artists, arts professionals (curators, directors of arts organizations not affiliated with the project, etc.), municipal staff representatives, and community stakeholder(s). Programs may or may not include public art program staff. All panelists should have their roles clearly established and all application materials should be reviewed, considered, and evaluated according to established criteria. Typically, three to five qualified artists are selected and invited to interview for the proposed project, and public art programs conventionally cover the necessary travel expenses for short-listed artists.