Art was first elected to the Sanford City Commission in 2001 and was reelected in 2005. He chose not to run in 2010, wanting to spend more time with his young family, but returned to the Commission in 2014 and was reelected in 2018. In 2020, upon the resignation of then Mayor Jeff Triplett, the City Commission appointed Art as mayor for the remainder of the term.
Art was born and raised in Sanford and is a sixth-generation resident. He has taught science and computer science in Seminole County Public Schools for 37 years including 14 years at Seminole High School where he was the yearbook advisor.
Art and his wife Patti have two children, Daniel and Rachel. Patti is a home health care nurse, Daniel is in law school, and Rachel just graduated and is embarking on a career in editing.
On the Commission, Art has focused a lot of attention on raising development standards, improving neighborhoods, maintaining and improving the city's infrastructure, and keeping up with the growing public safety needs of the city.
In addition to teaching and serving Sanford on the City Commission, Art is a board member and volunteer for Historic Hopper Academy, the Ritz Theater, The Table Florida, and 787 Scouting Association. Art spends a lot of his free time working with Boy Scouts or helping renovate and maintain Hopper Academy.