Ciara McKeown is a public art commissioner, curator, and project manager and has worked with multiple arts organizations across Canada and the US for over a decade. Recently, a Project Manager with artists' Sans façon, she worked collaboratively to complete the CSO Art Master Plan for King County, 4Culture in Seattle, and PLUS, the Succession Plan for Watershed+, the City of Calgary’s renowned public art project. McKeown owns and manages CMCK Public Art, a consulting business that plans and commissions public projects for artists, art organizations, government bodies and private clients. She also researches, writes and lectures about public art regularly, and is currently the Public Art Curator for Edmonton Arts Council's Jasper Avenue Streetscape project.
McKeown was Co-Organizer of Public Art: New Ways of Thinking and Working, a symposium hosted by York University in May 2017. The first of its kind in Canada, it gathered cross-disciplinary perspectives and research to critically examine the current state of Canadian contemporary public art practices. McKeown has lectured on public art at Esker Foundation, The University of Calgary, McMaster University, and has published in The Calgary Herald, Stephen Magazine, Public Art Review, and written for Americans for the Arts. An essay about City of Calgary's Watershed+ is published in the University of Calgary’s Institute for the Humanities Water in the West 2018 anthology. McKeown holds an M.A. from New York University and a B.A. from McGill University, Montreal.