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Lynn Basa

2248 N Campbell Ave. Chicago IL 60647
Chicago, IL 60647, U.S.A.
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Lynn Basa •  2248 N. Campbell Ave • Chicago IL • 60647 •  (773) 289-3616 •



2016     Master of Fine Arts (expected), The School of the Art Institute of Chicago

1981      Master of Public Administration, public art policy and management, University of Washington

1977      Bachelor of Arts, studio art and art history, Indiana University



2009     Honor Award, National Terrazzo & Mosaic Association

           International Parking Institute Award of Merit, Fredericksburg, VA

2008     Award of Excellence, Architectural Commission, City of Claremont, Claremont, CA

1999     Seattle Artists Award, Seattle Art Commission, Seattle, WA GAP Award, Artists Trust, Seattle, WA


Public Art Commissions  

2014     Ballet West/Capitol Theater mosaic, ($120,000), Salt Lake City, UT

Mosaics for nine light rail stations, Trimet, ($260,000), Portland, OR

Abundance, University of Kentucky Medical Center, Chandler Pavillion, ($100,000), Lexington, KY

Evolution, ($50,000) University of Minnesota, Itasca Biological Station, Itasca, MN

2013     Cornucopia, Chicago Transit Authority, ($48,300), Chicago, IL

2012     A Long Story, Cambridge Housing Authority, ($93,000), Cambridge, MA

           Transit Hub artwork, Des Moines Area Rapid Transit, ($60,000), Des Moines, IA

           Downtown Theater, Design team lead artist ($20,000), Town of Cary, NC

           Bower, University of Northern Iowa, Residence Hall, ($200,000), Cedar Falls, IA

           Threshold, University of Wisconsin, School of Human Ecology, ($99,000), Madison, WI

2010     Grove Alta, Alta building, Chicago, IL

           Learning Curve, Kingsport Center for Higher Education, ($75,000), Kingsport, TN

           Coursing Through Life, University of Northern Iowa, Sabin Hall, ($80,000), Cedar Falls, IA

2009     The Grand Lake Map, Grand River Dam Authority EcoEducation Center, ($57,000), Langley, OK

2008     Glendale History Walk, Downtown Parking Structure, ($200,000), Glendale, AZ

           The Great Circle Route, Indianapolis International Airport, ($440,000), Indianapolis, IN

2007     Grove, Downtown Parking Structure, ($200,000), Claremont, CA

2004     N=10, University of Washington/Bothell Community College, ($30,000), Bothell, WA

2003     Untitled, Highland Hospital, ($60,000), Oakland, CA

1999     Portal, Seattle University School of Law, ($13,500), Seattle, WA


Corporate Commissions

2013     Contain and Release, Mercy Hospital, (encaustic on panel), Des Moines, IA

2008     Midnight Raj, (Hand-knotted silk and wool tapestry, 50” x 96”), Loews Le Concorde Hotel, Quebec City, QC

           Idyll I and II, Tangle, Divide, Conquer, (Acrylic on panel, dimensions vary), Hotel restaurant, St. Augustine, FL

2007     Estuary I and II, (Acrylic on panel, 30” x 70” each), Jasmine Bay residences, Estero, FL.

2005     Blub, Blub…Blub Atlantis Resort, (Design for corridor carpets), Paradise Island Resort, Bahamas

           Balbo (Hand-knotted silk and wool tapestry, 36” x 63”), Keegan, Werlin, & Pabian, LLP, Boston, MA

2004    Cluster, (Hand-knotted wool tapestry, 40” x 36”, Rug, 98” x 117”), Genesis AstraZeneca Bioresearch Library, Wilmington, DE

2003     The Goal Is Here, (Silk and wool tapestry, 8ʼ x 18ʼ), St. Joseph Hospital, Bellingham, WA

1992     Absolut Basa, (Hand-knotted wool rugs (4), dimensions vary), Absolut Vodka headquarters, New York, NY

Museum Collections

Iowa State University, Ames

Museum of Arts and Design, New York

North Carolina State University Museum

Rhode Island School of Design Museum

Spencer Museum, University of Kansas

Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma Washington


Selected Public Collections

King County Arts Commission, Seattle

University of Washington Medical Center

Washington State Arts Commission

City Lights Collection, Seattle, WA


Numerous private collections (1980 – present)



Author, The Artist’s Guide to Public Art: How to Find and Win Commissions

(New York: Allworth Press) 2008. ISBN 158115-501-8


Selected Lectures, Workshops and Panels

Forecast Public Art, 2013, St. Paul, MN: Grant panel, Public art and planning project grants

Broward County, 2013, Public Art and Design Program, Ft. Lauderdale, FL: Workshop, Public Art Training

University of Chicago, 2012, Chicago, IL, Cultural Policy Center: Moderator, The Chicago Cultural Plan and Creative Cities

New England Foundation for the Arts, 2011, Bridgeport, CT: Workshop, Making the Leap to Public Art

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 2011, Chicago, IL, Power Tools: Workshop, Writing a Winning Letter of Interest 

Austin Art-in-Public-Places Program (with Joel Straus), 2010, Austin, TX: Workshop, Public Art From A to Z

Oklahoma Art-in-Public-Places Program/Oklahoma Visual Artists Coalition, 2010, Tulsa, OK: Mentor – Public Art Mentorship Program

New England Foundation for the Arts, 2009, Boston, MA: Workshop, How to Write a Winning Letter of Interest

Austin Art-in-Public-Places Program, 2009, Austin, TX: Workshop, Making the Leap to Public Art

El Paso Public Art Program, 2009, El Paso, TX: Workshop, How to Find and Secure Public Art Commissions

Fulton County Arts Council, 2008, Atlanta, GA.

Tremaine Foundation National Summit, 2008, Chicago, IL:  Discussion leader, Professional Practices for Visual Artists  



2013               University of Chicago, Graham School

2006 – 2012    Instructor, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Sculpture Dept.


Selected Committees/ Juries

2011- 2013          Bloomingdale Trail Mayor’s Design Advisory Committee, Chicago, IL.

2008- 2009          Chair, 1st  Ward Milwaukee Avenue Task Force, Chicago, IL.

1999- 2001          Chair, Public Art Committee, Seattle Arts Commission, Seattle, WA.

1996- 1998          Co-Chair, Metro Public Art Committee, King County, WA.