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The Commission consists of 13 members appointed by the Mayor and subject to confirmation by a majority of the members of the City Council. Of those 13 members, one must be between 15 and 20 (youth position) and at least four must be residents of the city. Its membership includes representatives from many diverse fields, of art and culture. All members of the Commission are appointed for three-year terms, and all serve without compensation.  The Commission operates with by-laws a set of policies and procedures adopted by the city.

Commission responsibilities:

The Commission is responsible for reviewing the design, execution and acceptance of works of art funded or otherwise acquired by the city.

The Commission, along with the Mayor, annually reviews all capital improvement projects anticipated within the following two-year period to determine which projects are appropriate for inclusion of works of art and to estimate the amount allocated for this purpose. Whenever a work of art is to be funded under the One Percent for Art ordinance, the Commission selects the appropriate work of art and recommends that artwork to the City Council. The Commission may initiate contracts with artists for these works of art.

The Commission is responsible for directing implementation of the City of Renton ARts and Culture Master Plan, adopted in 2010,

The Commission is responsible for directing maintenance, inspection, and rotation of works of art selected and installed for the city.

The Commission keeps an inventory of all city-owned artworks.

The Commission may seek alternative funding sources for visual and performing arts programs.

Renton Municipal Arts Commission Members, 2016

The following citizens give their time and share their talents to serve as appointed members of the Municipal Arts Commission:

 Mary_Clymer   Mary Clymer, and her family, have a very long history in Renton. Mary attended Renton schools, Central Washington University, and the prestigious American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York. She has been active in a wide variety of art-based and other activities in Renton, including the Downtown Renton Events Committee, Renton River Days Art Market (serving as Chair), Renton Art and Antiques Walk, City of Renton Budget Committee, and the Arts & Culture Master Plan Committee. Mary has strong interests in reaching out to the artisan population of Renton and furthering the arts in Downtown Renton. Her primary medium is hand-made arts. Mary is currently serving as Vice –Chair of the Renton Municipal Arts Commission.
 KimEshelman   Kim Eshelman has been an Art Commissioner for the city of Renton since 2015. She is a full time working visual artist whose work is in numerous private and public collections throughout the United States. Kim works in a variety of media, and while her paintings are quite diverse, her passion lies in the expressionistic abstraction of nature. She has a degree in Humanities and Communications from Washington State University, and also serves on the Arts Unlimited of Renton Board of Directors.
 Adrienne_LaFaye   Adrienne La Faye grew up in Renton and has lived here more than 25 years. She was appointed a Renton Municipal Arts Commissioner in 2015. She’s been an artist for almost 30 years. In 2010, she became a full time artist and exhibits her paintings nationwide. Adrienne is a teaching artist who loves teaching children k-12 and adults. Through her foundation ALASEA INC., she has created an Artist Teaching Program, where she helps children create and use art as their voice, which encourages healing. Adrienne is also a board member of Onyx Fine Arts Collective, and has been an active member for 4 years.
 Marsha_Rollinger    
Marsha Rollinger
is a versatile artist with experience in the graphic and fine arts. With over 20 years of professional experience, in 2012 Marsha decided to leave her Senior Manager position of the in-house design team at Nintendo of America to freelance full time under her studio name, Equinox Art & Design. Freelancing full time allowed Marsha the flexibility to achieve another of her goals—to become more involved in the local arts community. Marsha is the current Chair of the Renton Municipal Arts Commission, which she joined in 2013.
Evelyn Reingold  

Evelyn J. Reingold has been an Art Commissioner for the City of Renton since May of 2002 and is currently the board secretary. She is also the curator for Renton’s public art pieces. She has been a docent for the Seattle Art Museum since May of 1994, conducting tours for students of special and permanent collections. Her expertise is in African, Northwest Coast and Australian aboriginal art and culture. Evelyn has traveled extensively in the United States, Asia, Africa, Central and South America, the Middle East and the Caribbean. As a member of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, she reviews clinical research trials. She also volunteers for fundraising events for the City of Hope. Besides her volunteer activities, Evelyn is a visual artist, a published author, a performing artist and jewelry designer.

 RMACJeverett   Jerri Everett has lived in Renton for 45 years. She became a Renton Municipal Art Commissioner in 2002, serving as Secretary for 3 years. Jerri worked in ICU/Critical Care for 25 years at Valley Medical Center and 5 years in the ER. She continues her involvement at Valley Medical as a volunteer. She also was a board member of the Valley Community Players, and loves performing arts. Jerri has a degree in journalism and advertising from the University of Washington.
 RMACBenAndrews   Ben Andrews was appointed as a Renton Municipal Art Commissioner in 2011. He has a project management background across three industries with years of film/video experience in the film industry. Ben has produced several independent films, directed multiple corporate and narrative pieces, acted in dozens of projects from web to national television, and has managed multiple writing teams. He has worked alongside renowned figures in both studio and independent film company settings. He has strong communication and business management skills.
 Paul Hebron  

Paul Hebron has been on the RMAC board since 2012. Paul is a freelance consultant in the Seattle area. He has worked as a graphic designer, an art director and a creative director. He currently also volunteers as a member of the Board of Directors for IKEA Renton River Days and is the President of Arts Unlimited of Renton.

 Mitch Shepherd  

Mitch Shepherd joined the RMAC board in 2013. He is a local freelance video producer, born and raised in Washington. Mitch returned to Renton in 2011 after several years of living in New York and LA. He is an advocate for all arts, particularly filmmaking, and is a fervent supporter of the local Renton film scene. He has won best film at the Renton Film Frenzy, and also served as a juror representing Media Arts on the 4Culture Grant Review board. Mitch says he is proud to be a member of the Renton Arts Commission, and couldn’t imagine a finer group of people to serve with.

 RMACBillHuls   Bill Huls has been an RMAC Commissioner since 2011 and has been involved in several project committees within the organization since then. Bill has worked extensively in theatre, both on and back stage, and is currently the Artistic Director for Renton Civic Theatre. Bill says, “I would like to thank the most wonderful and understanding women in the world, my wife Ellen - without her support none of this would be possible.