How We Work

For Public Art Management (PAM), the process of realizing effective public art installations consists of two important factors: careful curating and judicious project management.

As consultants, we facilitate work-flow; coordinating artists, fabricators, architects and designers, engineers, contractors and construction managers, from pre-artist selection to project close-out.

With projects around the world, we see PAM as playing a role in enhancing the public art collection of a given urban environment.

Whether assisting in the drafting of policy for local, regional and federal bodies, or collaborating with members of the private sector to select and commission monumental works of art, we accomplish our clients' goals because we have a vision.

Our shared vision is realized by providing the public with iconic artworks created by some of the most significant artists of our time.



  • Project analysis to develop client’s objectives and understand the parameters
  • Artist research and pre-qualification identification (based on our comprehensive data base of prominent and emerging international contemporary artists)
  • Artist selection + recommendation
  • Policy and Plan writing; Strategy development
  • Competition Management including document preparation, coordination
  • Contract administration (artist)

Project Management

  • Contract preparation and administration
  • Communication: development of protocol; on-going coordination
  • Design Development: facilitation between artist(s), fabricator and site contractors
  • Planning: developing schedules, setting milestones
  • Monitoring throughout the project’s life-cycle
  • Commissioning / Close-out: final review and project debrief

Who We Are

Karen Mills, Founder

Karen Mills attended the University of British Columbia and is a graduate of the Christies Fine Arts Course in London, UK. Karen was the curator of the Fannin Hall and Cummins Diesel Art Collection from 1975 to 1979 and was the director of the Keenlyside Gallery in Vancouver, B.C. She has lectured on art and public art to numerous organizations, institutions, universities, and conferences and was the Chair of the building committee for the Art Gallery of Hamilton expansion project, in addition to being a member of the AGH Board of Trustees for 20 years.

Ben Mills, Vice President

Ben has spoken on the subject of public art at numerous conferences and events and has appeared as a guest on CBC Radio One as well as The Artworld Demystified on Yale Radio WYBC. He has helped organize free guest lectures at OCAD University with artists such as Sandro Martini, Phaophanit + Oboussier, United Visual Artists, and Vito Acconci. Ben helped launch and is the ongoing curator of the ARTablet, two large-scale digital and new media-dedicated art platforms commissioned by Oxford Properties Group, located at 130 Adelaide St West and 88 Queens Quay West in downtown Toronto, organizing exhibitions of the works of: David Rokeby, Tori Foster, Chris Kennedy, Casey Reas, Eelco Brand, Gerhard Mantz, Tom Beddard, Alex McLeod, Mustafa Hulusi and Tracey Emin. He holds a BA from Western University in addition a certificate from the Sotheby’s Institute of Art.