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NYC Mayor Names Artist Mary Valverde to City’s Public Design Commission

New York City mayor Bill de Blasio has chosen artist Mary Valverde to serve as the newest member of the city’s Public Design Commission, according to The Observer’s Alanna Martinez. Valverde will fill the position set aside for sculptors.

A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the School of Visual Arts, Valverde has exhibited at El Museo del Barrio, the Queens Museum of Art, and Abrons Art Center in New York. She is also a professor at Hunter College, York College, and Cooper Union.

Richard Moore from the Brooklyn Museum, Ann G. Tenebaum from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and artist Hank Willis Thomas already serve on the commission. So do architect James Stewart Polshek and Mahnaz Ispahani Bartos of the New York Public Library.

The commission’s members are tasked with “reviewing art commissions, architectural projects, and historic renovations on city-owned property, as well as helping to oversee the city’s public art collection,” according to Martinez.