India Street Mural Project Panelists Announced

The deadline for the India Street Mural Project has passed and here we announce the panelists:
The panel includes respected members of the New York public art community, local arts organizations, community members, and representatives from Open Space Alliance (OSA), Council Member David Yassky’s office and Borough President Marty Markowitz’s office.  The panel will convene Wednesday April 29th and will announce their selections on Friday, May 1.

The Panelists are:

Charlotte Cohen, Regional Fine Arts Officer, General Services Administration
Tom Finkelpearl, Executive Director, Queens Museum of Art
Sarah Pirozek, Friends of India Street
Marisa Sage, Founder, Like the Spice Gallery
Amy Sanaman, Director, Groundswell Community Mural Project
Karin Tehve, Artist
Stephanie Thayer, Director, Open Space Alliance
Linnaea Tillett, Artist
Also on the panel will be representatives from Council Member David Yassky and Borough President Marty Markowitz’s offices.

The India Street Mural Project is the kickoff project for the North Brooklyn Public Art Coalition (NbPac), a new public arts group initiated by Council Member David Yassky, whose goals is to work with local artists, community members, arts organizations and businesses in order to increase the presence of public art and revitalize communities and neighborhoods in North Brooklyn.

Select Panelists Biographies
Tom Finkelpearl has been the Executive Director of the Queens Museum of Art since 2002, where he has worked on projects such as “Generation 1.5” and “Queens International”. In 1996, Finkelpearl became Executive Director of Program at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Previously, Tom worked as the Deputy Director of PS1 and headed the Percent for Art Program. Tom published Dialogues in Public Art, a highly respected book on public art, in 2000.

Charlotte Cohen is a Regional Fine Arts Officer with the U.S. General Services Administration, managing GSA’s new commissions and art collection in the New York Region.  Prior to joining GSA in 2005, Charlotte directed the New York City Percent for Art Program for nine years.  She has worked for the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service in Washington, DC and was Program Director at Maryland Art Place, a non-profit contemporary art center in Baltimore.

Stephanie Thayer is the Executive Director of Open Space Alliance (OSA), a not-for-profit which, through fund raising and working with the community, elected officials and the New York City Parks Department, furthers the restoration and preservation of the existing parks as well as the development of new parks in the Greenpoint/Williamsburg communities, weaving these several green spaces into a tapestry of parks as a resource for the people of New York City.

Linnaea Tillett and Karin Tehve are the artists behind “This Way”, a public art installation at the Brooklyn Bridge Underpass in DUMBO, Brooklyn, a Commission by City of New York, Percent for Art Program and DUMBO BID.  Linnaea Tillet, PhD of Tillett Lighting Ltd., holds a Doctorate in Environmental Psychology. Founder of Tillett Lighting Ltd, founded in 1983, the company Tillett Lighting Design has collaborated with leading architects, interior designers, landscape architects, and artists.

Marisa Sage is a galleriest, curator, educator and general arts advocate. She is founding owner and director of Like the Spice Gallery in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. She currently serves on the board of the Williamsburg Gallery Association. She received her Masters in Digital arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD. Ms. Sage is an accomplished professor and artist and has taught at establishments such as Goucher College, Corcoran College of Art+Design, and The Art Institute of Washington.

Amy Sananman serves as the Executive Director of Groundswell Community Mural Project which she founded in 1996 with the mission of using art as a tool for social change. Sananman’s prior work experience includes tenant organizing and affordable housing development. Sananman holds a masters in Public Policy from UC Berkeley. Her accolades include NYU/Wagner School’s Rudin Award for Community Service and the prestigious Union Square Award for her leadership in developing
Groundswell as a grassroots asset. She has presented and served on numerous panels including: the Brooklyn Museum, New School, Pratt Institute, Columbia University, CUNY and PASE. Most recently she is being recognized by Women’s E News 2009 “21 Leaders for the 21st Century” award.

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