An art consultant is an artist or designer selected by the Project Architect/Engineer/Designer to serve as a member of a project team. The art consultant is responsible for the hiring and managing of the artist(s) for the project and acts as their representative as a creative and practical liaison between the artist(s) and the project team.
Consultants can provide a wide range of services, and are popular options for public art programs that operate with minimal staff or need an outside voice to offer advice about program direction, policies, or efficiency. Often, public art consultants assist with program reviews and help shape and define the larger objectives of a public art program. They can offer technical and practical expertise to accomplish those goals, and help create plans for the long-term success of a public art program. Consultants can also be deployed to help educate other parts of a municipal government about the role and purpose of public art-another instance in which an outside voice may be able to have a greater impact.
An artist is defined as a practitioner in the visual arts generally recognized by critics and peers as a professional of serious intent and recognized ability. Indications of a person's status as a professional artist include but are not limited to income realized through the sole commission of artwork, frequent or consistent art exhibitions, placement of artwork in public institutions, receipt of honors and awards and training in the arts. Such a person is selected by the Project Architect/Engineer/Designer or the Art Consultant to produce artwork for a specific project.