About Landmarks


A wooden sculpture in a large rotunda
photo by Marsha Miller

Hans Hokanson, Source, 1977


What is the mission of Landmarks?

Landmarks inspires thought and growth by presenting public art at The University of Texas at Austin. We believe that great art should be free and accessible to all.

Who leads Landmarks?

Landmarks is led by its founding director Andrée Bober, who oversees the development of the collection and a vibrant range of programs that support scholarship and learning. She reports to Douglas Dempster, dean of the College of Fine Arts, and works closely with the Landmarks Advisory Committee, the associate vice president for Campus Planning & Project Management, the Campus Master Planning Committee, and the senior vice president and chief financial officer.

Who is on Landmarks staff?

Andrée Bober, director
Nisa Barger, assistant director for collections
Kathleen Brady Stimpert, deputy director
Deb Duval, event coordinator
Kanitra Fletcher, Landmarks Video curator
Christine Gwillim, interim education coordinator
Bill Haddad, technology manager
Mary Margaret Kennedy, business administrator
Logan Larsen, interim communications coordinator
Ali Wysopal, collections assistant
Stephanie Taparauskas, assistant director for development

Please send an email to Landmarks staff. 

How is public art funded and approved?

Landmarks has its origins in a policy for Art in Public Spaces that was approved by The University of Texas System Office of the General Counsel and the Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs in 2005. The policy sets aside 1-2 percent of capital improvement projects to acquire public art and it outlines the official review and approval procedures.  Ongoing expenses, such as conservation and education programs, are supported by private contributions.

Which projects participate in the percent-for-art allocation?

In collaboration with the eventual users of the building, the provost, senior vice president and chief financial officer, and the associate vice president for Campus Planning & Project Management determine allocations. Considerations include the degree to which the university is raising construction funds for the project, the overall project budget, and the location and use of the building.

What criteria guide the selections?

A broad range of criteria guide project selections that include, but are not limited to:

  • Artistic merit (quality, condition, rarity, provenance)
  • Quality of presentation in architectural and/or landscape setting
  • Reputation of artist
  • Art historical merit
  • Relevance to art history and other curricula
  • Relation to other works in Landmarks collection
  • Support public art master plan
  • Contribution to cultural environment
  • Feasibility of installation and cost
  • Feasibility of care and maintenance
  • Durability of work
  • Safety and disability standards

Who selects the art?

Each project is reviewed and endorsed by a team of specialists and community stakeholders. Landmarks convenes a standing advisory committee to consider upcoming building projects, to evaluate artists for the public art component, and to endorse specific proposals. The current advisory committee includes:

How does Landmarks ensure diversity?

A goal of Landmarks is to exhibit works that represent various ideologies and broadly reflect the human condition. Diversity in the collection and our supporting programs arises from seeking the perspectives of those who have varied interpretations, backgrounds, and experiences.

What is the Public Art Master Plan?

Peter Walker Partners created a Public Art Master Plan (pdf) to ensure a comprehensive approach to building a collection of public art. The plan corresponds to the 1999 César Pelli Campus Master Plan and it serves to guide overall public art acquisition and placement. Among many considerations, it proposes the best locations for installations of public art to provide visual anchors at gateways, to accentuate main axis corridors, and to delineate architectural edges.

Why is commercial photography not permitted?

The University of Texas at Austin and its affiliates enjoy a limited right to reproduce images of Landmarks’ projects for educational and promotional purposes. The university does not own the copyright to these works and it may not reproduce these images for commercial purposes. Any party who seeks to reproduce art in the Landmarks collection for commercial gain must first obtain permission from the copyright holder, which typically belongs to the artist or the artist’s estate.

How can students and faculty get involved?

Beyond visiting the works of art and learning about them, students may support Landmarks by volunteering their time and expertise as a Landmarks Docent or member of the Landmarks Preservation Guild. Faculty members are encouraged to include Landmarks projects in curricula and schedule class tours