Mayor Thomas M. Menino
As both a City Councilor and as Mayor, Thomas M. Menino has championed the arts in Boston. Whether attending Open Studios in the South End, creating affordable housing for artists, or leading the renovation of the Strand Theatre in Dorchester, Mayor Menino is committed to arts and culture in Boston. A national leader on neighborhood issues, Mayor Thomas M. Menino believes that government is about helping people. Elected five times as Mayor of Boston and five times as a City Councilor from Hyde Park, he has spent a lifetime building a better Boston for residents and businesses. A graduate of the University of Massachusetts Boston with a degree in community planning, Mayor Menino and his wife, the former Angela Faletra, have two children, Susan and Thomas, Jr. and six grandchildren. Nicknamed the “Urban Mechanic” early in his career for his tireless work ethic and attention to the basics that make for a thriving city, Mayor Menino is working to inspire a generation of New Urban Mechanics, rooted in the belief that citizens are the best civic entrepreneurs. Forging partnerships to revitalize neighborhoods, strengthening the economy through workforce investments, and innovating in education, his vision for Boston is based on strong, welcoming communities that provide unlimited opportunity for success.
The Board of the Boston Art Commission
Carol Burns, nominated by the Boston Society of Architects
Carol Burns serves as Chair of the Boston Art Commission and has been a Commission member since 2003. A professional architect, her interest in site responsiveness in design has informed design and construction of buildings, interior spaces, temporary art installations, and has been the subject of her writing, including articles and books. She is principal of Taylor & Burns Architects, which focuses on design for institutions and community groups, with special expertise in design of assembly spaces for theatrical, musical, religious and other performance gatherings. As an educator, Carol has taught at schools including Harvard University Graduate School of Design, MIT, Wentworth Institute, and Yale, has given lectures nationally, and has authored three books. With others at the Boston Society of Architects, she pioneered the founding of the BSA Research Grants program in 2003 and it, in conjunction with national AIA programs that followed, has provided more than a half million dollars to fund research in architecture. She serves as a member of the Rappaport Institute Advisory Board at the Kennedy School of Government, a designator to the Henderson Fund in Boston, and the Design Review Board at Ohio State University. Carol attended Yale College and the Yale School of Architecture.
Lynne Kortenhaus, nominated by the Boston Public Library
Lynne Kortenhaus is president and CEO of Kortenhaus Communications, Boston’s leading luxury lifestyle public relations firm for twenty-five years. In this capacity, Ms. Kortenhaus works with a number of real estate developers, retailers and hospitality leaders to design signature programs to launch and build brands in Boston. Prior to establishing her firm, Ms. Kortenhaus was a corporate art consultant, appraiser and New England Director of Phillips International Fine Art Auctioneers. Educated in the visual arts at Rhode Island School of Design, Ms. Kortenhaus has both a BFA and MFA in printmaking which she continues to practice today. Through this work, Ms. Kortenhaus has advised clients on art installations, both new acquisitions and curating existing collections. She has been the fine arts curator for The Ritz-Carlton Hotels from 1984 to present. Ms. Kortenhaus is co-chair of the board of The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, a director of the Citi Performing Arts Center, and a director of the Back Bay Association. She is a Director’s Circle member of the ICA. She lives in Charlestown in a historic c. 1853 Greek Revival mansion built by William Caban and once the home of Eugene L. Norton, a one-time state senator and the 10th Mayor of Charlestown during the late 1860’s.
Prataap Patrose, ex officio
Prataap Patrose is the Director for Urban Design at the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA). The BRA is Boston’s planning and development agency, where he is responsible for coordinating the design review of projects of all scales and sizes in the City of Boston and providing the urban design framework for a wide variety of large scale urban planning initiatives downtown and in the neighborhoods. He has been a guest critic and speaker on urban design at MIT, Harvard University, Roger Williams College RI, and Boston Architectural Center. He serves on the Board of the Boston Center for the Arts. He received the BRA’s award for excellence in 1986. Prataap has organized major public art installations for First Night Boston, the BCA, and MIT. His op-ed pieces on urban design and planning issues have been extensively published in The Gloucester Daily Times, Boston Globe, The Herald Tribune, The China Daily, The Financial Times of London, and The Guardian of London. He received his Master of Science in Architectural Studies from MIT in 1984, after receiving a Bachelors of Architecture from School of Planning and Architecture in India.
Edward Saywell, nominated by the Museum of Fine Arts
Edward Saywell is the Chair of Contemporary Art and MFA Programs at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. In this capacity, Edward oversees the contemporary art, film, concert and lecture and course programs at the Museum. He joined the MFA in September, 2006 as Assistant Curator of Prints and Drawings and became in September, 2007 Director of the West Wing. Under this new initiative, he began overseeing the transformation of the now-named Linde Family Wing into a vibrant space for the contemporary arts at the MFA and the dedication of the Wing’s entrance to school and community groups. A year following this appointment, he became Chair of the new department of Contemporary Art and MFA Programs with the express aim to explore exciting opportunities for creative and cross-disciplinary planning within the MFA, the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and the Museum’s many external programming partners. Educated at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, Harvard and the University of London, he worked for nine years in the Department of Drawings at the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard where besides curating six exhibitions and publishing a number of catalogues and articles, he played an active role in teaching students from throughout the New England area. An exhibition that he organized for the Nielsen Gallery, Boston, was awarded by the International Association of Art Critics first place for the best exhibition in 2004 in a United States commercial gallery.
Christopher Cook, ex officio
Prior to arriving at MOATSE, Mr. Cook served the Boston Public Schools as Project Coordinator for Dramatic Developments, a US Department of Education Model Development and Dissemination grant. Dramatic Developments utilized theatre techniques and multiple learning strategies in an attempt to improve the literacy of students in BPS middle schools. In addition to Dramatic Developments, Mr. Cook designed the theatre component of the Boston Arts Assessment Model, a district- wide initiative assessing student proficiency in the arts. Mr. Cook is certified to teach English & Theatre in the state of Massachusetts and has taught theatre in the Boston Public School system and surrounding areas. He has worked extensively in the area of educational theatre, writing and performing plays with companies such as the Boston Children's Museum, Theatre Espresso, City Stage Company, the Museum of Fine Arts and the Merrimack Repertory Theatre. Mr. Cook is an active member of the Actor's Equity Association and Screen Actor's Guild, having performed with the American Repertory Theatre, SpeakEasy Stage Company, Lyric Stage Company of Boston, Rough & Tumble Theatre Company and Shear Madness. He holds a dual BA in English and Theatre from UMASS Amherst.
Karin Goodfellow, Director of the Boston Art Commission
Karin Goodfellow, a graduate of Dartmouth College and Harvard University, has a background in visual arts, museum education and community outreach. As Director of the Boston Art Commission for the City of Boston, she oversees both temporary and permanent public art projects in addition to educational and informational programming. She manages the care, custody and inventory maintenance for the artworks located in and on public property, including Faneuil Hall and the Parkman House. Ms. Goodfellow coordinates with the board of the Art Commission, City departments, project proponents, community groups and funders to further public art projects in the City of Boston. Additonally, she is currently pursuing an MBA at MIT Sloan.