The Board of the Boston Art Commission
Ekua Holmes, discretionary appointment for distinguished service to the arts, Vice-Chair
Ekua Holmes is a Roxbury-based visual artist known for vibrant collages that depict urban life. Her work is collected locally and nationally. In addition to creating art, Ms. Holmes maintains a strong commitment to arts education and outreach. Since 2011, she has served as Community Coordinator for sparc! The ArtMobile, an initiative of the Center for Art and Community Partnerships at Massachusetts College for Art and Design. In this capacity, Ms. Holmes works with community organizations, schools and businesses to design intergenerational programs and events that engage participants in hands-on art-making activities and spirited dialogue about the value of art in public life.
Prior to MassArt and sparc!, Ms. Holmes served in various capacities on the executive board of Discover Roxbury, an organization whose mission is to document significant cultural and historical contributions of Roxbury; promote appreciation for and participation in the cultural life of the community; and foster economic empowerment by increasing support for local merchants and institutions. In collaboration with Discover Roxbury, Ms. Holmes published "Dreaming Big: Pioneers of Public Art in Roxbury" (2010), an overview of noteworthy Roxbury monuments and their visionary creators.
Holmes is a graduate of Massachusetts College of Art and Design and she is the 2013 recipient of the 2013 NAACP Image Award for Arts. She is a native of Roxbury and resides in her childhood neighborhood of Washington Park, near a 1969 mural, "Africa is the Beginning", created by artist, Gary Rickson and featured in "Dreaming Big."
Lynne Kortenhaus, nominated by the Boston Public Library, Chair
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.
Mark Pasnik, nominated by the Boston Society of Architects
Mark Pasnik is an architect and principal of the multi-disciplinary firm over,under, where he has worked on urban, architectural, and design projects in the Middle East, Central America, and throughout the United States. Clients include civic, academic, and arts-related organizations ranging from deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum to MassArt to Qatar Foundation. He is a co-director of the pinkcomma gallery, which has produced more than two-dozen exhibitions on architecture, design, publishing, and urbanism within the gallery and in conjunction with the Boston Society of Architects at BSA Space. Several exhibits focused on Boston’s ongoing and historical design legacies, such as In Form: Communicating Boston, Heroic, Let’s Talk About Bikes, and Design Biennial Boston. Mark has taught at the California College of the Arts, Carnegie Mellon University, Northeastern University, Rhode Island School of Design, and Wentworth Institute, where he is an associate professor. He has authored three books and been a member of the Rotch Travelling Scholarship committee, the BSA Honors and Awards committee, and the editorial staff of the journal Assemblage. Mark was educated at Cornell University and the Harvard Graduate School of Design.
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.
Evan Garza, discretionary appointment for distinguished service to the arts
Evan Garza is Exhibitions and Public Programs Coordinator for The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (SMFA). With the SMFA Curator, he organizes the School’s exhibition program and oversees visiting artist lectures and programs both at SMFA and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. In 2012 he was the curator of the acclaimed exhibition "Something Along Those Lines," a curatorial response to the first Sol LeWitt wall drawing in Boston, first drafted at SMFA in 1971. He is co-editor of “Histories of Now: Cairo and the Contest Present,” a forthcoming publication examining notions of collective action, new media, and the ever-changing present of contemporary Egypt, and the first book published by The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
He served as Editor-at-Large for New American Paintings from 2009-2012, and was Curator & Gallery Manager for Villa Victoria Center for the Arts in Boston’s South End from 2008-2010. He has curated several exhibitions nationally, and has been a guest speaker on contemporary art at Harvard University, MIT, Cornell University, MassArt, and for a number of academic institutions and international art organizations. His art writing has been published by Artforum.com, The Huffington Post, ART PAPERS,Flash Art International, and he has written extensively for several journals and museum publications. A Texas native, Garza studied at the University of Houston. He is the Co-founder and Assistant Director of Fire Island Artist Residency (FIAR), the first residency program in the United States exclusively for LGBTQ artists, where he also serves as Vice President of the Board of Directors.
Lisa Tung, nominated by the Massachusetts College of Art and Design
Lisa Tung is the Director and Curator for the Bakalar & Paine Galleries at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, the nation's first independent public college of art and design. Through her vision and talents, the Bakalar & Paine Galleries have been recognized as a significant contemporary venue for thought-provoking exhibitions and for debuting installations created specifically for and at MassArt. She has championed the expanding impact of MassArt’s premier exhibition space as a vital cultural resource for the college, Boston, and beyond. Ms. Tung and her exhibitions have received numerous awards including Boston Magazine’s Best of Boston 2012: Best Curator. She received her B.A. in Art History from Northwestern University and an M.A. in Feminist History, Theory, and Criticism from the University of Leeds, UK
George Fifield, nominated by the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
Fifield is a media arts curator, writer, teacher, and artist. He is the founder and director of Boston Cyberarts, Inc. (http://bostoncyberarts.org), a nonprofit arts organization, which produced the biennial Boston Cyberarts Festival and currently manages The Boston Cyberarts Gallery inside the Green Street MBTA station on the Orange line. Fifield is a long-time Jamaica Plain resident. From 1993 to 2006, Fifield was curator of new media at the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park in Lincoln, MA.
The Boston Cyberarts Festival celebrated a long tradition of technological and artistic innovation throughout Massachusetts from 1999 through 2011. The festival showcased artists and high-technology professionals from around the world who use new technology to advance traditional visual and performing arts disciplines. Boston Cyberarts also works on a variety of special projects in Boston, including Art on the Marquee (http://www.artonthemarquee.com) in partnership with the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority. Boston Cyberarts, the National Park Service, and Boston Harbor Islands Alliance are also collaborating on an ongoing project to commission public algorithmic art for display on the LED screens at the park Welcome Center on the Greenway between Faneuil Hall and the Ferry Ticket Center on Long Wharf.
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.
Karin Goodfellow, Director
Karin Goodfellow, a graduate of Dartmouth College, Harvard University, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is committed to the application of creative problem solving and operations management toward the development of accessible arts resources. She has a background in visual arts, museum education, community outreach, and project management. 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.
Christian Guerra, Collections CoordinatorChristian Guerra was born and raised in Texas. Upon entering The University of Texas she became an Intelligence Community Center of Academic Excellence (ICCAE) fellow. She majored in Linguistics and minored in INSS & Exhibition Practices. Now living in Boston, she is pursuing a dual degree MA in History and MS in Library and Information Sciences at Simmons College. As the Collections Coordinator, Ms. Guerra maintains and modernizes the Boston Art Commission's files and assists in any research the BAC requires for maintaining public artwork or research on upcoming projects. She replies to inquiries on all of the city's public artwork and assists researchers in finding additional resources.
Celine Browning, Public Art Project AssistantCeline Browning is an artist and educator based in Boston. As the Public Art Project Assistant, Browning focuses on current and temporary public art projects around Boston. She also updates the website, maintains the BAC social media presence, and oversees the PaintBox initiative, a community based public art project in which local artists decorate electrical boxes. Browning earned her MFA from SUNY New Paltz in 2011. She currently teaches at Suffolk University, as well as at several community based organizations.
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