Public Art Planning Process

The Greenway Conservancy recently completed the planning process for a five year public art strategy that was presented to the public at our annual meeting on October 2, 2012. We'd like to thank the Boston Art Commission for their support and guidance throughout the process. This project was supported by Fund for the Arts, a public art program of the New England Foundation for the Arts and Robert and Doris Gordon.

About the Process          

A public art consultant team was selected by a rigorous RFP process to create the plan. The consultants, Jennifer McGregor and Renee Piechocki are nationally recognized in the art world.

Jennifer McGregor is the Director of Arts and Senior Curator at Wave Hill in the Bronx, NY, and has her own consulting practice, McGregor Consulting. She consulted on Boston’s Post Office Square in the late 80s, and was on the original Artery Arts committee. A founding director of New York City’s Percent for Art Program, she also started the national Public Art Network. She has previously completed plans for public art programs, sculpture parks and urban spaces.

Renee Piechocki is an artist, public art consultant, and founding director of the Office of Public Art in Pittsburgh, a unique public-private partnership between the City of Pittsburgh and the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council. Previously, she held positions with the Public Art Network of Americans for the Arts, Acconci Studio, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs’ Percent for Art Program.

The Conservancy’s public art planning process is led by the Conservancy with assistance from a working group that has transitioned into an advisory Curatorial Committee. Members include:

  • Nick Capasso (Director, Fitchburg Art Museum)
  • Kate Gilbert (Artist, Greenway neighbor)
  • Bob Gordon (Managing Director, City North Development, Greenway neighbor)
  • Geoffrey Hargadon (Artist, Senior Vice President-Investments, UBS Financial Services, NEFA Board)
  • Ralph Helmick (Artist)
  • Young Park (President, Berkeley Investments, Greenway Board)
  • Edward Saywell (Curator of Modern Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Art Commission)
  • Deborah Spiro (Manager, Neiman Marcus Group, Greenway neighbor)
  • Meejin Yoon (Principal, Höweler + Yoon Architecture, MIT Faculty)

RFQs for site specific proposals

We value artists’ input and to complete the planning process, we asked artists to contribute ideas and challenged them to imagine the possibilities of the Greenway as a dynamic space for public art.

Two different Requests for Qualifications were issued in October 2012. We received extensive responses with submissions from twenty-one states and nine countries. The six artist teams were chosen through a juried process led by panels of extremely qualified arts, design and urban planning professionals. Get updates on the proposal process.

Public Meetings

Hundreds of concerned citizens, artists, and arts advocates attended the two Conservancy public art meetings. Follow the links below for the presentations shown at each meeting.

Greenway Public Art Strategy Kick-off
Tuesday, February 7, 2012, 5:30 – 7:30PM
Atlantic Wharf
290 Congress Street, 2nd Floor Media Room
Boston, MA 02210 

Greenway Public Art Strategy Update
Monday, April 23, 2012 5:30 PM
New England Foundation for the Arts
145 Tremont Street, 7th Floor
Boston, MA 02111

Consultants’ presentation (draft strategies, recommended guiding principles, and sample first projects)

Public Art Strategy Launch
Tuesday, October 2 6:30 PM
290 Congress Street
Atlantic Wharf
2nd Floor Media room

Thank you

We were overwhelmed by your feedback and support. Thank you for contributing to the process and offering your opinions through our surveys and at our public meetings. We look forward to continuing the dialogue on public art!


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