Texas State University System Hires First Director of Public Art – Sightlines

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The Texas State University System has hired Marjorie Flanagan as the system’s first Director of Public Art.

The position was created to coordinate all public art commissions for the system’s seven member institutions, according to a news release.

Marjorie Flanagan, director of public art for the Texas State University System

Flanagan most recently served as Acting Program Manager for the City of Austin’s Art in Public Places program, guiding the collection of over 350 works of art valued at over $18 million. Austin’s Art Program manages more than 90 active projects, including art donations and loans, and public-private partnerships. A graduate of Louisiana State University and the University of Texas at Austin, Flanagan holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in art education.

“My goal remains the creation of vibrant and stimulating art collections. I am so excited to do this for the Texas State University System, which values ​​cultural and intellectual asset experienced through world-class public art,” said said Flanagan.

In 2004, the TSUS Board of Directors approved a policy requiring that one percent of all capital projects be dedicated to commissioning and acquiring public art.

“Our commitment to education through public art benefits our students and the communities we serve,” Chancellor Brian McCall said in the statement. “Public art is inherently for the people and is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The new Director of Public Art is key to building meaningful connections with artists and ensuring public art is delivered on time and within budget.

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