The Biddeford Public Art Committee is an sub-committee of Engine and works in a collaborative, advisory role with the City of Biddeford, specifically the Planning, Parks, and Public Works departments and the Historic Preservation Commission.
Mission and Purpose:
Public art has the ability to inspire, ignite, awaken and animate. It can enrich and connect a community and add or enhance a sense of place in a symbolic or creative way. The City of Biddeford values public art, the sense of community identity, and the creativity it can inspire. Public art fulfills these purposes in a myriad of ways: by improving the aesthetics of our public spaces through excellent and harmonious design, by sensitively preserving or highlighting vistas; by introducing surprising and enlivening elements into otherwise ordinary spaces; and by engaging us with insightful interpretations of our community’s activities, aspirations and history. In addition, the public art program is designed as a contribution to the City’s economic draw and to foster educational opportunities for the community. The City of Biddeford, in recognition of the importance of integrating public art into the daily lives of the residents and visitors to the City, supports a public arts program, and to this end hereby establishes the Biddeford Public Art Policy.
Greg Tansley, ex-officio advisor
Tammy Ackerman, Director of Engine
Donna Gadbois Tippett, Biddeford Resident and former City Planner
Aurelie Wallach, Chair of Biddeford Historic Preservation Commission
Paul Gosselein, architect Salmon Falls Architecture
Ron Gobeil, former Art Teacher at Biddeford High School
Martine Eon (representing Downtown Development Commission)
Holly Culloton (representing Heart of Biddeford)