TEMPOart: Portland, Maine’s new temporary-public-art program bringing curated, site-specific artworks to the area’s public spaces which explore the theme of Places in Transition. With a goal to enliven key neighborhoods and urban sites, TEMPOart is encouraging residents and visitors alike to engage with what will become a changing array of exciting and innovative installations. TEMPOart will continue to commission new works from emerging and established artists, and will foster artistic freedom and innovation. The temporary projects will provide a critical complement to Portland’s long-standing, permanent public art program, enhancing the city’s growth as a creative hub.
TEMPOart is a privately-funded 501-c3 non-profit organization, and is administered by a board (see below).
Administrative Director | Bonnie K. Norlander moved to Portland in 2016 from Brooklyn, NY. Since moving, Bonnie has been working as an Administrative Consultant in the Nonprofit Art Sector through her business, Your Art Partner. She holds a Master’s in Visual Arts Administration from NYU, and a BFA in Art and Design from Biola University. After a decade of working in New York City, she is enthusiastic to join the community of cultural workers in Portland as the Administrative Director at TEMPOart, organizer of Temp to Perm: Public Art Conference, and member of the HR and Financial committees for The Telling Room.
Board of Directors
Victoria Bonebakker has lived in Portland since 1988. She practiced law in California before coming to Maine, where she changed careers and became a nonprofit executive, first as director of the Maine Collaborative for Education in the Arts & Humanities and then, following a merger with the Maine Humanities Council, associate director of the Council. She retired in 2011. Victoria has been on the board of organizations that support and benefit Portland for over two decades, including the YWCA, Greater Portland Landmarks, the Portland Public Library, and now TEMPOart.
Andrew Eschelbacher is the Susan Donnell and Harry W. Konkel Assistant Curator of European Art at the Portland Museum of Art. A specialist of sculpture and public monument, Andrew is both personally and professionally fascinated by the intersection of public art, urban environments, and local communities.
Sven Fahlgren found himself moving from Germany to Seattle to a one-room schoolhouse on an island in Maine; all the while, his sense of adventure never waned. He’s wrestled King Crab in the Bering Sea, thumbed it from Seattle to Tijuana and has endured force-10 winds in the Bermuda Triangle. Between 1994 and 2006 Sven worked in the Los Angeles film industry at studios such as DreamWorks, Paramount and Warner Bros. on many notable films including Amistad, Saving Private Ryan, Minority Report, The Ring and Catch Me If You Can. A move back home to Maine afforded a switch to advertising where he’s worked on national campaigns for clients including the National Park Foundation, Cadillac, HUMMER, Samsung, Klondike and Greenpeace. The adventure continues with his efforts at TEMPOart.
Pamela W. Hawkes is an architect and artist. She directed a wide variety of award-winning cultural and community projects over twenty-six years as Principal with Ann Beha Architects in Boston, including the Liberty Hotel, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Currier Museum of Art and the restoration of the McLellan House and Sweat Galleries at the Portland Museum of Art. A native of Maine, she is a founding principal of Scattergood Design and a lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Design.
Anne Marie Purkey Levine has over 15 years of art collection and exhibition management experience, with a focus in contemporary art and more recently in public art. Before relocating to Portland with her family in Fall 2015, Anne Marie was a Project Manager for the Civic Art Collection and Public Art Program at the San Francisco Arts Commission. Prior to that she was the Head Registrar for the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, also in San Francisco, and Registrar and Collections Manager for the Museum of Contemporary Art in San Diego. She has also held positions at the Art Institute of Chicago and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Anne Marie is passionate about the enrichment of art in the public sphere, and is now an independent consultant for collections, exhibitions, and public art project management.
Alice Spencer is a painter and print maker and served for 15 years on the Portland Public Art Committee. She has served on the MECA Board and taught printmaking at the Haystack School of Crafts and MECA’s Continuing Studies Program, as well as abroad. She chaired the committee that wrote guidelines for temporary public art in the City of Portland and serves on its review committee.
Laci Hoskins and her husband relocated to the Portland area from Chicago after her husband switched careers in 2015. In the summer of 2016, she completed a Master of Liberal Studies degree with a concentration in Arts Development and Program Management from the University of Denver. Laci spent 12 years with CBRE, a global commercial real estate firm, where she led a team of sustainability consultants and project managers, but her passion has always been in the arts. Joining the board of TEMPOart is her first step in transitioning to a more arts-centered life! When she isn’t working, Laci is typically enjoying the more relaxed rural lifestyle that Maine offers with her dog and husband.
Kathryn Yates returned to Portland in 2010 via her home town of Toronto and after almost 20 years in Chicago. In Toronto she ran UNUM Canada’s operations for five years and while in Chicago ran the Communication and Change Management Practice for a large global consulting firm. She retired in 2016. Since returning to Portland she has been able to focus on her love of the environment and the arts. She joined the Board of Trustees of the Maine College of Art as well as TEMPOart and is often seen exploring the beauty of the state from the seat of her bicycle.
George N. Campbell, Jr