Jennifer K. Favorite holds a Ph.D. in art history from The Graduate Center, City University of New York (CUNY). Her research interests include public art in the U.S. after 1945, twentieth-century architecture, memorials in the U.S. and abroad, and the cultural and political uses of public space.


Marisa Lerer is an Associate Professor of Modern and Contemporary art at Manhattan College. Her research focuses on Latin American and Latinx art in the public sphere.

Incoming Co-Chair (2021)

Andrew Wasserman was most recently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Art History in the School of Art at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. His current research focuses on public art and nuclear fear in the late Cold War period.


Kim Servart Theriault holds a Ph.D. in Art History from the University of Virginia and is Professor of Art History, Theory, and Criticism at Dominican University in River Forest, IL, where she focuses upon Modernist and Contemporary Art History, Criticism, and Culture.


Leslie Markle is the Curator for Public Art at the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum in the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in Saint Louis where he manages the university’s Art on Campus program. 

Membership Coordinator

Davida Fernández-Barkan is a Ph.D. candidate in the History of Art and Architecture at Harvard University. She writes about modern and contemporary public art in Latin America, the United States, and Europe.

Website Manager

Laura Holzman is an Associate Professor of Art History and Museum Studies at Indiana University, IUPUI, where she is also appointed Public Scholar of Curatorial Practices and Visual Art.

Social Media Coordinator and Newsletter Co-Editor

Lori Goldstein is the manager of WESTAF’s Public Art Archive. Goldstein is responsible for long-term planning, product development, and overseeing the addition of public art collections to the Archive.

Newsletter Co-Editor

Sara Weintraub holds a Ph.D. in Art History from the Graduate Center, City University of New York.  Her research focuses on contemporary memorials and public art, and she is the Modern Art Survey Coordinator at Christie's.

Conference Liaison

Annie Dell’Aria is Assistant Professor of Art History at Miami University in Ohio. Her research is concerned with issues of space and place in contemporary art and media.


Tola Porter is a Ph.D. candidate in Art History & Archaeology at Washington University in St. Louis. She holds an M.A. in Art History from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University and an M.A. in Arts Administration from Columbia University.

Special Projects Coordinator

Mya Dosch is Assistant Professor of Art of the Americas at Sacramento State. Her research focuses on art and urban space in Mexico City, from monuments to protest interventions.

Special Projects Coordinator

Kristen Ramirez is a studio and public artist, educator, and public art project manager. Ramirez has worked in various institutions of higher education, including Cornish College of the Arts and the University of Washington.