Public Art Committee

Public Art Committee



Evaluates proposals for permanent public artwork on campus based on the established Approved Themes and Criteria for Public Art. Makes recommendations on said proposals to the College President while honoring and respecting cultural diversity. Also, if requested to by the President or the Board of Trustees, evaluates the suitability of potential gifts of art to campus according to the guidelines established in Board Policy 3820.


  • Review proposals for alignment with Approved Themes and Criteria for Public Art
  • Make recommendations regarding proposals to President’s Council and College President
  • Facilitate the physical realization (though not funding) of officially accepted proposals
  • Facilitate on-campus or broader calls for entry and selection, if asked to do so by the President or Board of Trustees

Core Representatives

Chairs & Membership

  • Chair: Any faculty or classified professional that demonstrates expertise in the field of Public Art.


  • Administration: Dean Arts, Media & Communication
  • Academic Senate: 2 appointed by Academic Senate
  • Classified Senate: 2 appointed by Classified Senate
  • Student Senate: 2 appointed by Student Senate

Recommending to: College President

Collaborating with: Facilities & Infrastructure Committee, Student Access, Success & Equity Committee, Planning & Resource Allocation Committee.

Committee Members

Cynthia Brannvall

Cynthia is an art historian and multi media artist that teaches art history at Chabot College. Her research emphasis is Modern and Contemporary art with attention to post colonial concerns. Cynthia’s artwork explores identity formation envisioned in an imagined deep time terrain of memory, reclamation, and the geographies of forced and voluntary migrations. Her artwork has been selected in juried group exhibitions in Berkeley, San Francisco, San Rafael, Palo Alto, San Luis Obispo and Los Angeles. Cynthia is drawn to Public Art as a site where the intersections of art, culture, identity, and belonging are forged together.

Christine Herrera

I am the Senior Administrative Assistant for the Office of the President as well as serving as a Senator in the Classified Senate. I have been here at Chabot for 3.5 years after leaving a job I was at for 20 years and I have never looked back. Chabot has welcomed me with open arms and for that I want to give back by taking part in keeping the beauty of Chabot a work of art for the whole community. Creative and talented people surround me and I am in awe of the talent I get to experience each and every day I come to work or when I am at home, I have to honor of being a proud mom of my two sons who are fantastic drawers. I may not be an artist but I so appreciate the talents of those who are and I want to be part of continuing the tradition of Chabot’s outstanding process to having amazing works of art around our campus for our college community and our community visitors to enjoy year after year.

Maya Ito

Maya Ito is the student representative of the public art committee. Maya is in her last semester at Chabot college and is currently double majoring in Psychology and Social Welfare. Artistically, she focuses on digital illustration and practices watercolor realism and tribal illustration on the side. Her pacific island heritage is a huge inspiration for her art. She has designed flyers, brochures, and logos for multiple clubs/programs on campus including Nesians Unite, Chabot's Speech and Debate Team and Chabot TRIO ETS. Her interest in art is the incorporation of activism within art and is the driving reason for her serving in the public art committee.

Deonne Kunkel Wu

Deonne currently serves as the Dean of the Arts, Media & Communication Division at Chabot College.

Juan Pablo Mercado

Juan Pablo earned his Ph.D. from the History Department at UCLA under the direction of Professor Juan Gómez-Quiñones. He also holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in Chicano Studies from UC Berkeley and San José State University, respectively. His research focuses on the uses and function of public art. Specifically how public art can transmit social memory and serves as an important site of remembering for individuals and communities whose history often times gets distorted, marginalized, or omitted.

Juan Pablo is excited to Chair the Public Art Committee at Chabot College and additionally serves as the Northern California Foco Representative for the National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies (NACCS).

Craig Shira

A lifelong artist, Craig has studied many artistic disciplines including comic book art, 2D and 3D animation, digital illustration, photography, compositing, and 3D modeling. After earning a BA in production art and a BS in animation computer programming, Craig continued freelancing as a web designer while working as a printer/colorist at a fine art print shop. Craig is currently the graphic designer at Chabot College, improving the way Chabot presents itself to the public through print media. He serves on the Public Art Community because it combines his passion for art with his desire to better the community.