Audrey Lopez takes over the Greenway public art program


Past public art exhibits on the Green Lane include Yinka Shonibare’s ‘Wind Sculpture’ from 2019. PHOTO: CELINA COLBY

Audrey Lopez will take the helm of the public art program at the Rose Kennedy Greenway in September. This is a crucial time for public art, as the restrictions related to the pandemic are lifted and the streets are once again inundated with spectators. Art lovers will also be looking for the impact of the 2020 racial justice protests on Boston’s cultural scene. Lopez has the opportunity to launch a whole new artistic chapter for the Greenway.

“I am delighted to join the Conservancy as director and curator of public art,” says Lopez. “I look forward to working with the staff, board and wider creative communities of Conservancy to establish the next chapter of The Greenway’s transformational public art program and thriving public spaces that support, nurture and expand. landscapes, imaginations and communities of Boston and beyond.

Lopez was previously the Curator of Public Art and Engagement at the Santa Barbara County Office of Arts and Culture and the Curator of Community Engagement at the Santa Barbara Museum of Contemporary Art. She holds an MA and PhD from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where her fellowship focused on community-based participatory arts projects with multilingual youth and families.

She succeeds Lucas Cowan, who held the position for seven years, installing 39 temporary public art works and strengthening the Greenway’s reputation as an artistic destination. Cowan’s curation featured a fairly even split between local and international artists and represented a variety of media backgrounds and artists, inincluding artists like Yinka Shonibare, Aakash Nihalani and Shinique Smith.

With the Green Lane so well prepared, Lopez has the opportunity to expand and develop the program with diversity and inclusion at the forefront of work. The Voie Verte’s public art program goes well beyond visual art exhibits. “Audrey’s years of experience at the intersection of public art and creating inclusive creative spaces will be an invaluable resource as Conservancy delves into our next chapter of inspiring and relevant art on The Greenway” said Chris Cook, executive director of Greenway Conservancy.

Lopez was selected for the role in part because of her background in producing award-winning public art exhibitions that resonate with communities of color. Her advocacy for equitable inclusion and engagement with marginalized communities will also be a strong tenet of her work at Greenway. She says, “I can’t wait to learn, work and create with Boston’s diverse communities and neighborhoods.


Kayleen C. Rice

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