Long-term Expectations for the Care and Management of Public Artworks

Thursday, June 13, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Managing the expectations and ongoing care of a public art collection takes a village and as collections age, the needs of older, outdated or controversial works require special attention and policies. In this session, attendees will hear how administrators, conservators and community stakeholders are involved with the care and management of public artworks.


Participants will learn:

  • How communities are addressing challenges with managing older or controversial artworks
  • What processes and considerations to take when working with community members to address collection management issues
  • What policies, best practices or procedures can be used as tools to manage expectations of the care and management of public art collections


Clare Haggarty
Senior Manager, Transportation Planning (Arts & Design)
Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro)
Los Angeles, California

Clare Haggarty works at LA Metro as a Senior Manager for Transportation Planning in Arts and Design. Metro is a world-class transportation system moving 10 million people a day throughout Los Angeles County. The Arts and Design group produces innovative, award-winning visual art and integrated design as well as performing arts programming that encourages ridership and connects people, sites and neighborhoods throughout LA County. Previously Ms. Haggarty was the Deputy Director of Collections for the Los Angeles County Arts Commission Civic Art Program. Ms. Haggarty has a degree in History of Art from the University of Glasgow in Scotland and a graduate degree in Curatorial Practice from California College of the Arts.

Keri Butler
Deputy Executive Director
Public Design Commission of the City of New York
New York, New York

Keri Butler is the Deputy Executive Director of the Public Design Commission. She holds a Masters’ in Arts Administration from the Art Institute of Chicago and has more than 20 years of experience in her field. At the Public Design Commission, Keri oversees the daily operations of the agency and guides policies and initiatives that support design and artistic excellence in the public realm. She advises the Commission on the review of complex and high-priority capital projects as well as new art commissions and art conservation proposals. Keri represents the agency on panels and competitions, including for citywide prototypes and public art commissions, and has cultivated strategic public-private partnerships to preserve the City’s art collection. She also manages the Commission’s special projects and events, including publications, tours, and the Annual Awards for Excellence in Design.

Heather Galloway
Galloway Art Conservation
Cleveland, Ohio

Heather Galloway is the conservator of Galloway Art Conservation (Cleveland, OH).  A Fellow of the American Institute for Conservation (AIC), she has over 25 years of experience.  She completed her graduate studies in conservation at New York University’s Institute for Fine Arts and holds an MA in Art History from Williams College.  She has worked at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and the Cleveland Museum of Art.  She opened her private practice in 2015.  She has taught conservation-related courses at Oberlin College, Case Western Reserve University and the University of Oslo.  Her teaching focuses on the material techniques of cultural heritage production, and the ethical questions concerning its care.  She has chaired AIC’s Educational and Training Committee and served on its Equity and Inclusion Working Group.  She is currently an advisor for Connecting to Collections Care (C2C Care), a public service program for the Foundation for the Advancement in Conservation.  In 2018 she participated in a class and public dialog at the University of New Mexico concerning WPA murals that have been historically protested as racist.  In 2019 she presented a webinar for C2C Care titled “Whose Heritage? Objects, Politics and Collections Care”.

Nan Plummer
Executive Director

Ellen A. “Nan” Plummer is an arts administrator, curator and educator. As President and CEO of LexArts, she oversees her organization’s role as a facilitator and funder of public art in Lexington, Kentucky. Nan earned her PhD in art history and MBA at the University of Michigan. Her first involvement in a public art project was the 1986 commission of 12 New York graffiti writers to paint murals on Artrain, a traveling art museum on a train. She has edited a catalogue of state-owned art in Michigan, co-authored a catalogue on outdoor sculpture at the University of Michigan, and advised the selection of public sculpture at the University of Central Arkansas, the Louisiana Purchase Bicentennial Committee of Arkansas, and the Arkansas Senate.