Public Art Design Board

Board Chair
Armin Wessel

Board Members
Nealy Andrews
Judy Buchanan
Carl Peverall
Chad Fox
Norman Rabek
Woody Ryan


The Town Council established a Public Art Design Board on December 2, 2010, to direct the selection and placement of works of art and oversee the public art program. Burnsville’s current Public Art Collection is primarily comprised of sculptural works, numerous bright and lively wall murals and Quilt Blocks.

The Toe River Arts Council and Town of Burnsville applied for and received one of five state-wide SmART Initiative Grants. To initiate this work, TRAC has retained public artist/planner Jack Mackie and public art specialist Denise Dickens to work with TRAC and the Town of Burnsville on two vital developments for Burnsville and greater Yancey County communities: creation of the Burnsville SmART Public Art Plan and  the designing of Gateways where 19E intersects with W Main, S Main, and E Main.