2013 Portfolio Reviewer Bios

Charlotte Cohen is an arts administrator with many years of experience in the fields of public and contemporary art. She is a Fine Arts Officer with the U.S. General Services Administration where she manages GSA’s new art commissions and art collection in the New York and Caribbean region. Prior to joining GSA in 2005, Charlotte directed the New York City Percent for Art Program for nine years; worked for the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service in Washington, DC; and was Program Director at Maryland Art Place, a contemporary arts center in Baltimore. She has managed the artist selection and projects for dozens of public art commissions.

Charlotte has lectured about public art nationally and internationally. She curated a team of artists and public art experts to travel to cities in Russia to lecture and establish projects, and she initiated the Public Art in Public Spaces program at the University of Belgrade in Serbia. Charlotte has served on juries and panels across the United States, and is an adjunct faculty member at New York University’s Masters Program in Visual Arts Administration. Additionally, she was elected to the Public Art Network Council in 2008 and served as its Co-vice chairperson; is a member of the Boards of Trustees of CEC ArtsLink and Hester Street Collaborative; is on the editorial board of Public Art Dialogue; and serves on the Advisory Committee of the Urban Art Program at New York City’s Department of Transportation.

Tania Duvergne is currently Director of Public Art for Public Schools with the New York City School Construction Authority. She worked previously as an independent curator and public art consultant based in New York. She has worked extensively in the public realm and has been involved with temporary and permanent public art projects such as inSITE97, inSITE2000, the Peekskill Project 2006, and New York’s MTA Arts for Transit. Her past curatorial projects include You Make Me Feel Mighty Real: The Work of Robert Blanchon, at the Fales Library, New York University; Intersections, a large-scale painting exhibition at Seton Hall University School of Law; and two site-specific solo exhibitions—CROSSING by Sarah Beddington at Dumbo Arts Center, Brooklyn and shinkai by Yumi Kori at the ISE Cultural Foundation Gallery, New York. Duvergne holds a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MA from the Université de Paris Panthéon-Sorbonne in France.

Peggy Kendellen has worked in the public art field for almost 20 years. She manages both site specific and temporary public art projects, residencies, and the Public Art Murals Program. She has conducted professional development workshops for artists and has spoken locally, regionally and nationally on public art issues and served on selection panels in the northwest and Canada. She’s contributed essays to Public Art By the Book edited by Barbara Goldstein and to The Practice of Public Art edited by Camron Cartiere and Shelly Willis. In 2010, Peggy was re-elected to a second three-year term on the Public Art Network Council is currently the council’s chair. Peggy earned her MA in art from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and is a recipient of an NEA Midwest Artists Fellowship.

Jennifer McGregor is the Senior Curator at Wave Hill, a public garden & cultural center
overlooking the Hudson River in the Bronx. She organizes adventurous exhibitions that explore nature, culture & site, such as Remediate/Re-vision: Public Artists Engaging the Environment and Hive Culture. Throughout her career she has worked with non-traditional public spaces, diverse audiences, and amazing artists. As the first Director of the New York City’s Percent for Art Program from 1983-1990, she implemented the program guidelines and launched the first sixty projects, blazing the way for artists to work with city agencies and communities who were new to working with artists. She founded McGregor Consulting to work nationally on commissions, exhibitions, and master plans. With Renee Piechocki she spearheaded the Public Art Network for Americans for the Arts and recently completed a 5-year public art strategy for the Rose Kennedy Greenway in Boston, MA.

Sara Reisman is the Director of New York City's Percent for Art program that commissions permanent public artworks for newly constructed and renovated city-owned spaces, indoors and out. Recently commissioned artists include Mary Mattingly, Duke Riley, Roxy Paine, Odili Donald Odita, Julianne Swartz, and Karyn Olivier, among others. Reisman has curated more than forty exhibitions and projects for numerous institutions, non-profits, and other art spaces including The Cooper Union School of Art, New York; Smack Mellon, New York; Queens Museum of Art, New York; Socrates Sculpture Park, New York; Philadelphia Institute of Contemporary Art; Museum of Contemporary Art Republic of Srpska, Banjaluka, Bosnia and Herzegovina; and Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna, Austria, among others. She was the 2011 critic-in-residence at Art Omi an international visual artist residency in upstate New York and is Forever & Today's inaugural guest curator for 2012-2013, where she is organizing projects by Leslie Johnson, Claudia Joskowicz, and Christopher K. Ho.

Norie Sato is a veteran public artist from Seattle, WA. She has completed tens of commissions across the United States, served on many design teams, and served as a Seattle Art Commissioner Her recently projects locations include the glass curtain wall at Terminal 2, San Francisco International Airport; the Hatch Chemistry Building in Ames, Iowa; and the Atlantic Central Base Employee Services Building in Seattle, Washington. She is currently working on two projects in California including the San Ysidro Land Port of Entry and a reflection room at the San Diego International Airport. She has received awards and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the American Institute of Architects Seattle Chapter, and the coveted Golden Trowel from the National Masonry Institute.

Reina Shibata is Deputy Director of the NYC Percent for Art program. Through the program, she commissions permanent artworks on City-owned public spaces. Since 1982, there have been nearly three hundred Percent for Art works seen to completion. Currently, the program is managing eighty projects that are at different stages of development that will be installed in public schools, parks, plazas, streetscapes, courthouses, and police facilities. Recently commissioned artists include Mary Miss, Roxy Paine, Karyn Olivier, Julianne Swartz, and Duke Riley, among others. Prior to her post at the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, Reina held positions at the RISD Museum, the Harvard Art Museum, and the Judd Foundation, where she pursued her interests in contemporary art and public access to art as a writer, community liaison, and curator. She is a graduate of Brown University's Public Humanities MA program, and holds a B.A. in Urban Studies, also from Brown.

Sioux Trujillo received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from College for Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan. She has worked in the Detroit art community for 12 years as an artist and an administrator for 8 years. Her most recent administrator project was for community+public arts: DETROIT, where she served as one of the Founding Directors for an initiative that brings community-driven public art projects to six underserved Detroit neighborhoods. She currently sits on the Americans for the Arts Public Art Network Council (PAN). PAN develops professional services for the broad array of individuals and organizations engaged in the diverse field of public art. PAN is the only professional network in the United States dedicated to advancing public art programs and projects through advocacy, policy and information resources to further art and design in our built environment. She also serves on the board of American Indian Health and Family Services. From 2005-2008 Sioux led Art on the Move (AOM), a program that promotes cultural awareness through the creation and exhibition of public art in Detroit. Sioux was also selected for a fellowship Whole Thinking Retreat 2012 at The Center for Whole Communities which brings together leaders in the environmental and social change fields to grapple with questions like; Why do I need you?, Why do you need me? How can our work build whole communities? what are the unintended consequences of our work? She is the recipient of a 2009 Kresge Artist Fellowship, which provides $25,000 aimed at developing and supporting individual artists, arts and cultural organizations, and arts-infrastructure groups, she is the recipient of the 2009 Joyce Foundation Emerging Leaders of Color Fellowship and a Michigan Educational Grant. She has also received awards for her mixed media works from Burren College of Art and College for Creative Studies. She has exhibited locally at the Pioneer Building, Susanne Hilberry Gallery, and Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, and internationally at Muria Art Gallery in Kinvara, Ireland, Burren College of Art Gallery in Ballyvaughan, Ireland, in Pont-Aven, France, and at Taller Galleria Fort in Barcelona, Spain.

Ed Woodham has been active in community art, education, and civic interventions in a variety of media and cultural contexts for more than 25 years. He is best known for founding and producing the annual Art in Odd Places festival which has become a fixture of the New York Arts calendar and is beginning to enfranchise globally; In September 2012, he co-produced and curated a public arts festival in Saint Petersburg, Russia. An accomplished visual and performance artist, puppeteer, curator, and lecturer, Mr. Woodham draws on a diverse range of influences from Fluxus and Situationism to Jane Jacobs, John Cage, and Gordon Matta-Clark. He employs humor, irony, subtle detournement, and a striking visual style to encourage and provoke greater and deeper consideration and critical engagement with the urban environment.