Residency Period: 2011
Lynn Basa is a Chicago artist who divides her practice between studio painting and large-scale public art commissions around the country. She is the author of The Artist’s Guide to Public Art, and teaches a class in the sculpture department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago on public art professional practices. She is the former chair of the public art committee of the Seattle Arts Commission and has recently been appointed to the board of the Chicago Artists’ Coalition where she chairs the Artists Advisory Committee. She believes that the most successful public artworks are those where materials and meaning are closely tied to each site, and where there is a bond of communication between artist, design team, and representatives of the community who will be living with the work. She strives to create places with art that encourage interaction by providing shelter, seating and other useful amenities that make people, pets, native plants, and animals feel welcome.