Sass: Public Art Director: Port
Of San Diego
Sass has twenty years experience in Public Art Administration with emphasis
in program development. She holds a Masters Degree in Planning and Community
Development (MPCD) from the University of Colorado after earning a Bachelor's
Degree in Education (BA ed.). As the Public Art Director of the Port
of San Diego, Sass facilitated the writing and adoption of a Public
Art Policy, a Donated Items Policy and a Memorials and Monuments Policy
and the formation and appointment of a Public Art Committee. Under these
policies numerous artworks have been placed in the San Diego International
Airport and in each of the five trust cities under the Ports jurisdiction.
Previously, as the Public Art Manager for the City of Palm Desert, CA,
Ms. Sass facilitated the development and implementation of the first
Public Art Program in Riverside County. During her tenure, 85 artworks,
an exhibition gallery in City Hall and a rotating sculpture exhibit
on the City's main retail street, "El Paseo", were produced.
#1 What is your highlight Visual art experience from the last year?
"I was privileged to lead the reorganization of the Ports' public
art program to provide new structure for sustain ability. Both funding
and program implementation have been reformatted to provide a solid
foundation for upcoming years. Art placed during this last year includes:
Oppenheim's Engagement, Abakanawitz's Walking Figures,
A Tribute to Bob Hope, thirty-some Bernar Venet sculptures, Urban
Trees 5, and an artist designed playground in Barrio Logan."
#2 What is your vision of the future of the Visual arts for San Diego?
#2 "I would like to see unlimited resources, general understanding
and appreciation of the contribution visual arts make to every element
of our lives as well as a synergy between arts organizations, groups,
and artists. There should be more art of all kinds and arts advocacy
from our elected and appointed leaders. There should be a general willingness
to take risks. Arts should be integrated into all of the city's physical