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Cultural Arts Commission

The purpose of the Cultural Arts Commission is to:

  1. Establish, initiate, sponsor, organize, and promote cultural and artistic programs and services for the enrichment and enjoyment of the Oswego community.
  2. Build awareness of and participation in all the arts – visual, performing, and literary.
  3. Continually add to the established public art collection.
  4. Provide a diverse representation of superior quality artistic and cultural programs and events to serve all segments of the Oswego Community, thus enhancing the quality of life in Oswego.


Chair: Tamzin Ritchie

Commissioner: Karen Kulzer

Commissioner: Jennifer Putzier

Commissioner: Kristie Vest 

Commissioner: Anthony Pastore

Village Liaison: Jenette Sturges


For Artists

Are you an artist local to the Oswego area looking for opportunities to create and showcase works? the Village of Oswego Cultural Arts Commission offers space to local artists to display and sell works at our events, and commissions public art pieces. Whatever your medium -- visual, digital, literary, performing or anything else -- add yourself to our mailing list to be notified about upcoming opportunities by emailing us. Include your name, contact information, and, if applicable, links to your website or social media presence.  

For Donors

Whether you own a building that would make a great site for a mural, or an arts-oriented business that would like to sponsor cultural events for our engaged residents, there are many ways to support the arts in Oswego. To begin a conversation about ways you can support the arts in our community, contact Community Engagement Coordinator Julie Hoffman at

Past Public Art Projects

Manhole covers 
Fox and Muskie manhole cover design

In late 2018, the Cultural Arts Commission took an initial step in establishing a permanent public art collection by initiating a request for proposals for designs for new manhole covers needed for downtown construction projects. Because the manholes were already needed for construction projects, this project allowed the Village to add to the public art collection without paying extra for material costs. In spring 2019, a selection committee chose a design by local artist Elizabeth Teitge, called Fox and Muskie, pictured right. For more details about this project see the announcement on our News & Announcements page. 

If you are an artist and would like to be notified of future opportunities, email Community Engagement Coordinator Jenette Sturges