Mayor Menino Appoints New Members to the Boston Art Commission
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July 26, 2013
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Mayor Thomas M. Menino today announced Mark Pasnik and Ekua Holmes have been officially sworn in as members of the Boston Art Commission (BAC). On July 16, City Clerk Maureen Feeney conducted the ceremony making official their service to the Boston Art Commission’s board. Pasnik and Holmes will each serve five year terms.

Founded in 1890, the BAC is the oldest municipal art commission in the country. The Commission oversees all public art projects on City property. These artworks, both permanent and temporary, range from traditional and new media public art pieces to municipal design elements, such as way-finding systems and artistic lighting. The BAC guides and monitors the design development process through reviews at various stages to ensure artistic and design quality, integration with the site, and relevance to the community. The Commission must approve the final design prior to fabrication and the installation procedures, and maintenance plan prior to installation.

“The newly appointed members of the BAC possess a wealth of experience in the arts and the community that will serve our neighborhoods well,” says Mayor Menino. “The BAC not only beautifies our city, it ensures that the diversity of our people and communities is celebrated in a very public way. I look forward to enjoying, along with all Boston residents and visitors, the world-class installations this Commission will curate.”

Ekua Holmes is a discretionary appointment for distinguished service to the arts. She is a Roxbury-based visual artist known for vibrant collages that depict urban life. Her work is collected locally and nationally. In addition to creating art, Ms. Holmes maintains a strong commitment to arts education and outreach. Since 2011, she has served as Community Coordinator for sparc! The ArtMobile, an initiative of the Center for Art and Community Partnerships at Massachusetts College for Art and Design. In this capacity, Ms. Holmes works with community organizations, schools and businesses to design intergenerational programs and events that engage participants in hands-on art-making activities and spirited dialogue about the value of art in public life. Prior to MassArt and sarc!, Ms. Holmes served in various forms on the executive board of Discover Roxbury. In collaboration with Discover Roxbury, Ms. Holmes published “Dreaming Big: Pioneers of Public Art in Roxbury” in 2010. Holmes is a graduate of Massachusetts College of Art and Design and the 2013 recipient of the 2013 NAACP Image Award for Arts.

Mark Pasnik was nominated to the Commission by the Boston Society of Architects. He is an architect and principal of the multi-disciplinary firm over, under where he has worked on urban, architectural, and design projects in the Middle East, Central America, and throughout the United States. Clients include civic, academic, and arts-related organizations ranging from deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum to MassArt to Qatar Foundation. He is a co-director of the pinkcomma gallery, which has produced more than two-dozen exhibitions on architecture, design, publishing, and urbanism within the gallery and in conjunction with the Boston Society of Architects at BSA Space. He is also an associate professor at Wentworth Institute. He has authored three books and served as a member of the Rotch Travelling Scholarship committee, the BSA Honors and Awards committee, and the editorial staff of the journal Assemblage. Mark was educated at Cornell University and the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

About the Boston Art Commission

The Boston Art Commission, established in 1890, exercises legal authority to approve and site new public art on property owned by the City of Boston. It is the conviction of the Boston Art Commission that, in order to engender and support a thriving artistic consciousness within the city, community involvement shall extend beyond everyday appreciation to meaningful engagement in the creation, evolving interpretation and ongoing care of artworks throughout Boston’s neighborhoods.

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