Michael Sweney

Art in Public Places Program Manager
Washington State Arts Commission (ArtsWA)
Olympia, Washington

Mike joined ArtsWA in 2007 and has led the public art team since 2011. One of the country’s oldest statewide public art programs, Art in Public Places has been a leader in developing and administering best practices for art acquisition and collection care. Mike has managed more than 100 public art projects throughout the state in the diverse communities of Washington’s public schools, colleges, universities, and state agencies. Prior to ArtsWA, he was an art gallery director with Davidson Contemporary in Seattle and Charles Cowles Gallery in New York. He is a past board vice president for Seattle’s Center on Contemporary Art and currently serves on the Tacoma Art Museum’s Collection Committee, the Advisory Committee for Washington State University’s new Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, and chairs the Tacoma Arts Commission. He holds a BA degree in Art History and Studio Art from Oberlin College.