Catherine Sass - Sidney Wildesmith

Catherine Sass: Public Art Director: Port Of San Diego

Catherine 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.

Question #1 What is your highlight Visual art experience from the last year?

#1 "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."

Question #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 development."