Visual Arts Committee - February 16, 2022 - Agenda

Meeting Date: 
February 16, 2022 - 3:00pm

Wednesday, February 16, 2022
3 p.m.
Remote meeting via video and teleconferencing

This meeting is held by teleconference pursuant to California Government Code Section 54953 and the Twenty-Fourth Supplement to Mayoral Proclamation Declaring the Existence of a Local Emergency.

During the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) emergency, the Visual Arts Committee’s regular meeting room, War Memorial Veterans Building, Suite 125, is closed. Meetings of the Arts Commission will convene remotely.

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Written Comment:
The public is encouraged to submit comments by emailing to This email address will be monitored until Wednesday, February 16, 2022, at 12 p.m. All comments received by the deadline will be read aloud by Arts Commission staff up to the three minutes maximum allotted to each commenter. In the subject line of your email, indicate the meeting date and item number. If you do not specify an agenda item number, your emailed public comment will be read under general public comment. Note: if your public comment statement is read aloud by Arts Commission staff during an agenda item, this will count as your one opportunity for public comment on that specific item. You will not be able to raise your hand to make additional public comment on the same item if your statement has already been read aloud.

Oral Comment:
Public comment in regard to specific agenda items will be taken before or during consideration of the item. Each speaker may speak for up to three minutes per agenda item, unless the Chair has announced a different length of time at the beginning of the meeting. Speakers may not transfer their time to another person. Any person speaking during a public comment period may supply a written summary of their comments to be included in the minutes if it is 150 words or less. Staff will ask for real-time public comment before reading emailed comments to ensure all members of the public have an opportunity to comment in real time.

The San Francisco Arts Commission acknowledges that we are on the unceded ancestral homeland of the Ramaytush Ohlone who are the original inhabitants of the San Francisco Peninsula. As the indigenous stewards of this land and in accordance with their traditions, the Ramaytush Ohlone have never ceded, lost nor forgotten their responsibilities as the caretakers of this place, as well as for all peoples who reside in their traditional territory. As guests, we recognize that we benefit from living and working on their traditional homeland. We wish to pay our respects by acknowledging the ancestors, elders and relatives of the Ramaytush Community and by affirming their sovereign rights as First Peoples. As a department dedicated to promoting a diverse and equitable Arts and Culture environment in San Francisco, we are committed to supporting the traditional and contemporary evolution of the American Indian community. 

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Visual Arts Committee Members:
Suzie Ferras, Chair
JD Beltran
Yiying Lu       
Nabiel Musleh

Abby Sadin Schnair
Janine Shiota
Debra Walker

1. Call to Order, Roll Call, and Agenda Changes

2. General Public Comment
(This item is to allow members of the public to comment generally on matters within the Committee’s purview as well as to suggest new agenda items for the Committee’s consideration.)

Consent Calendar
Explanatory Documents: Item 2
Presentation Time: Approximately 3 minutes


  1. Motion to authorize the Director of Cultural Affairs to increase the contract with artist Hiroshi Sugimoto (DBA Door Four LLC) from $1,750,000 to $1,787,500 (an increase of $37,500) for the design, fabrication, transportation and consultation during installation of an artwork for the Yerba Buena Island Hilltop Park, as recommended by the Treasure Island Art Steering Committee.
  2. Motion to approve Crossroads of Flight, a mural design by artist Cece Carpio, Miguel Perez, and Josue Rojas. The mural will be installed on 681 Florida St. between 18th and 19th St. in District 9. The mural is a triptych, measuring: 75 ft. 4 ½ in, by 11 ft. 1/2 in.; 81 ft. 10 ½ in by 11 ft. 1/2 in.; 58 ft. 5 in. by 44 ft. 11 in. The project is funded by the Mission Economic Development Agency and the Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation. The artwork will not become part of the Civic Art Collection.


4. Portsmouth Square Improvement Project

Staff Presenter: Aleta Lee
Explanatory Documents: Site Plans and Renderings; Project Plan
Presentation Time: 7 minutes

Presentation of the Project Plan for the Portsmouth Square Improvement public art project.

Discussion and Possible action: to approve the Project Plan for the Portsmouth Square Improvement public art project.

Dr. Maya Angelou Sculpture Project

Staff Presenter: Aleta Lee
Explanatory Documents: Final Design Presentation
Presentation Time: Approximately 10 minutes

Presentation of Final Design Development Phase deliverables by Lava Thomas for the Dr. Maya Angelou Sculpture Project.

Discussion and Possible Action: to approve Final Design Development Phase deliverables by Lava Thomas for the Dr. Maya Angelou Sculpture Project.

Fire Station #35

Staff Presenter: Marcus Davies
Explanatory Document: Images of completed artwork
Presentation Time: Approximately 3 minutes

Presentation of the completed artwork by Walter Hood for Fire Station 35.

Discussion and Possible action: to approve as installed the completed artwork Bow, 2021, by Walter Hood, wood, aluminum, glass, painted steel, located at the Embarcadero and Harrison Street for the Fire Station #35 Project.

7. Southeast Treatment Plant Construction Fence

Staff Presenter: Jackie von Treskow
Explanatory Documents: Panel Summary; Selected Finalists’ Artwork Images
Presentation Time: Approximately 7 minutes

Presentation of the recommended artists for the Southeast Treatment Plant Construction Fence temporary art program.

Discussion and Possible Action: to approve the selected artists Nancy Cato and Ata'ataoletaeao McNealy (Fatasilima) for the Southeast Treatment Plant Construction Fence temporary art program, as recommended by the artist review panel.

Discussion and Possible Action: to authorize the Director of Cultural Affairs to enter into a contract with the selected artists Nancy Cato and Ata'ataoletaeao McNealy (Fatasilima) for an amount not to exceed $22,000 each for the Southeast Treatment Plant Construction Fence temporary art program.

8. Staff Report

Staff Presenter: Mary Chou
Presentation Time: Approximately 5 minutes

Presentation of program updates.

9. New Business and Announcements
(This item is to allow the Commissioners to introduce new agenda items for consideration, to report on recent arts activities and to make announcements.)

10. Adjournment

TP 2/11/2022 3:55PM
Fixed numbering mistake TP 2/11/2022 4:13PM


The San Francisco Arts Commission Visual Arts Committee Meeting will be held virtually due to public health emergency.

Agenda Item Information / Materials Available
Each item on the agenda may include the following documents:

1) Department or Agency or report;

2) Public correspondence;

3) Other explanatory documents.

During the pendency of the closure of the Commission’s offices during the COVID-19 Shelter-in-Place Order and related disruptions to on-site business processes, explanatory documents listed above, as well as documents created or distributed after the posting of this agenda to the Arts Commission will be available only electronically, please contact: Program Associate Tara Peterson on at or 415-252-2219. PLEASE NOTE: The Arts Commission often receives documents created or submitted by other City officials, agencies or departments after the posting of the Arts Commission agenda. For such documents or presentations, members of the public may wish to contact the originating agency if they seek documents not yet provided to the Arts Commission.

Meeting Procedures

1. Agenda items will normally be heard in order. Please note, that on occasion a special circumstance may necessitate that an agenda item be taken out of order. To ensure that an agenda item is not missed, it is advised to arrive at the beginning of the meeting. All agenda changes will be announced by the Chair at the top of the meeting.

2. Public comment will be taken before or during the Committee’s consideration of each agenda item. Each speaker will be allowed to speak for the time allotted by the Chair at the top of the meeting or up to 3 minutes.

3. During General Public Comment, members of the public may address the Commissioners on matters that are within the Arts Commission’s jurisdiction and are not on the agenda.

4. Any person speaking during a public comment period may supply a brief written summary of their comments, which shall, if no more than 150 words, be included in the official file. Written comments pertaining to this meeting should be submitted to Tara Peterson on at

Electronic Devices Prohibited
The ringing of and use of cell phones, pagers, and similar sound-producing electronic devices are prohibited at this meeting, except as necessary to participate remotely. The Chair may order the exclusion from participation of any person responsible for improper disruptions to this remote meeting.

Disability Access
To obtain a disability‐related modification or accommodation, including auxiliary aids or services, to participate in the meeting, please contact Tara Peterson on at or 415-252-2219, at least 48 hours before the meeting, except for Monday meetings, for which the deadline is 4:00 p.m. the previous Friday.

Archives Available
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Accessibility Meeting Policy
Per the American Disabilities Act and the Language Access Ordinance, Chinese, Spanish, and/or American Sign Language interpreters will be available upon request. Additionally, every effort will be made to provide a sound enhancement system, meeting materials in alternative formats, and/or a reader. Minutes may be translated after they have been adopted by the Commission. For all these requests, please contact Program Associate, Tara Peterson on at least 48 hours before the meeting at 415-252-2219. Late requests will be honored if possible. The hearing room is wheelchair accessible.

根據美國殘疾人士法案和語言服務條例,中文、西班牙語、和/或美國手語翻譯人員在收到要求後將會提供翻譯服務。另外,我們將盡力提供擴音設備。同時也將會提供不同格式的會議資料, 和/或者提供閱讀器。此外,翻譯版本的會議記錄可在委員會通過後提供。上述的要求,請於會議前最少48小時致電415-252-2219 向 Tara Peterson 提出。逾期提出的請求,若可能的話,亦會被考慮接納。聽證室設有輪椅通道。

De acuerdo con la Ley sobre Estadounidenses con Discapacidades (American Disabilities Act) y la Ordenanza de Acceso a Idiomas (Language Access Ordinance) intérpretes de chino, español, y lenguaje de señas estarán disponibles de ser requeridos. En adición, se hará todo el esfuerzo posible para proveer un sistema mejoramiento de sonido, materiales de la reunión en formatos alternativos, y/o proveer un leedor. Las minutas podrán ser traducidas luego de ser aprobadas por la Comisión. Para solicitar estos servicios, favor contactar a Program Associate, Tara Peterson on, por lo menos 48 horas antes de la reunión al 415-252-2219. Las solicitudes tardías serán consideradas de ser posible. La sala de audiencia es accesible a silla de ruedas.

Ayon sa batas ng American Disabilities Act at ng Language Access Ordinance, maaring mag-request ng mga tagapagsalin wika sa salitang Tsino, Espanyol at/o sa may kapansanan pandinig sa American Sign Language. Bukod pa dito, sisikapin gawan ng paraan na makapaglaan ng gamit upang lalong pabutihin ang inyong pakikinig, maibahagi ang mga kaganapan ng miting sa iba't ibang anyo, at/o isang tagapagbasa. Ang mga kaganapan ng miting ay maaring isalin sa ibang wika matapos ito ay aprobahan ng komisyon. Sa mga ganitong uri ng kahilingan, mangyari po lamang makipag ugnayan kay Program Associate, Tara Peterson on sa 415-252-2219. Magbigay po lamang ng hindi bababa sa 48 oras na abiso bago ng miting. Kung maari, ang mga late na hiling ay posibleng tanggapin. Ang silid ng pagpupulungan ay accessible sa mga naka wheelchair.