Robin Nigh, Manager of Arts & Cultural Affairs
Robin Nigh is a leader in the field of contemporary public art. With over thirty years of experience in the field, she has developed nationally recognized programs that were also firsts in the field, including the Photographer Laureate Program and Lights On Tampa. As the Manager of Arts & Cultural Affairs for the City of Tampa, Nigh oversees bringing artwork to public spaces while leveraging assets with the city, site stakeholders and the community. Prior to her position with the City of Tampa, she served as a project administrator for Florida's Art in State Buildings Program at Florida State University, and as Director of Sculpture Chicago from 1987 to 1990. Robin is trained as an art historian, having taught art history at Florida State University, Florida International University, and The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She received her M.A. in Art Theory and Criticism from the School of The Art Institute of Chicago and has completed postgraduate studies at FSU. She has served as president of the Florida Association of Public Art Administrators, and was elected to serve on the Americans for the Arts Public Art Network (or PAN) Council, the only national organization for public art. Nigh has lectured and consulted about public art across the country. She is currently working on several initiatives including Lights On Tampa 2020 (the city's 7th Lights On Tampa) and developing cultural programs that integrate placemaking into key city initiatives.