Basa, Lynn

Artist and Author of a book on Public Art Commissions discusses her detailed methodology for winning and executing commissions, and how she makes a living making art.

“One thing I’ve learned is that we’re our own worst enemies because we work for free too much and we give ourselves away. You have to stop doing that because it lowers the bar for all the rest of us. It’s a strange economy we live in as artists.”

Lynn Basa, a professor of Sculpture at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, received for Master of Public Administration from University of Washington, Seattle. Her past commissions include Indianapolis International Airport; Seattle City Light Collection; AbsolutVodka; Walt Disney Company; Museum of Arts and Design, New York; and Rhode Island School of Design Museum. Basa is the author of The Artist’s Guide to Public Art: How to Find and Win Commissions.

70 minutes