Mary Beth Brown

Mary Beth Brown

New York, NY, US



As a recent graduate from the Visual Arts Administration M.A. Program at New York University Steinhardt, I am seeking opportunities to work with creative people in the field of architecture, design, and art. 

Areas of interest include intersections between urban development and the visual arts; histories, theories, and criticisms of contemporary art, performance, and media; public programming to engage broad audiences; new models for commissioning and producing art for the public realm; and innovative technology. 

Specialties: Project/ management (design, development, implementation, management/operation, evaluation); public programming; budget management; audience engagement and community outreach/partnerships (planning, development, implementation, management, evaluation); and writing and copy editing for press, media, marketing, and PR. 


80WSE Gallery, New York, NY, US, Curatorial Assistant

•Conduct curatorial research for upcoming exhibitions and develop complimentary public programming
•Draft and facilitate calls to artists for gallery’s satellite spaces
•Manage volunteer archivist program for the exhibition DEVOTION: Excavating Bob Mizer
•Manage production schedules and logistics for gallery exhibitions
•Revitalize the gallery's media strategy, which includes enhancement of presence on social media platforms and re-design of gallery's website

Sep 2013 - current

The Noguchi Museum, New York, NY, US, Special Research Project Intern, Noguchi Projects Archives and Symposium Initiative

•Compile research of national best practices for conservation and management of public art
•Created framework for Museum to proactively manage conservation and management of public art
•Develop strategy to gather condition reports for sites located across the US and abroad

May 2014 - Aug 2014

Performa, New York, NY, US, Development and Special Events Intern

•Work collaboratively with staff to manage individual gift solicitation, tracking, and acknowledgements
•Identify and research institutional prospects and assist in preparing proposals
•Assist with cultivation events - think through the detail of event planning
•Ensure data related to prospects and donors is recorded and tracked in electronic and hard copy files

Oct 2013 - May 2014

DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH), Washington, DC, US, Public Art Coordinator

• Managed a $2.5 million portfolio of up to ten public art projects for the District of Columbia
• Supervised The 5x5 Project, a temporary public art initiative commissioned by DCCAH, which resulted in twenty-five installations curated by five contemporary art curators
• Secured participation of internal and external project stakeholders including negotiating and writing contracts with artists, curators, consultants, and contractors
• Produced public programming on behalf of the DCCAH to showcase the rich multicultural identity of the city, including the Mayor’s Arts Awards, Art Salons, Dance DC and e(merge) Art Fair
• Prepared and oversaw project budgets, artist and contractor solicitations, and purchase orders
• Identified and managed artists and contractors for the fabrication and installation of projects
• Oversaw development of ArtAround.Us, an interactive, digital public art mapping project for DC
• Engaged local residents and neighborhood leaders through programming, partnerships, and community meetings to assess local needs and offer public art enrichment
• Negotiated site placement, evaluate artistic criteria, and leverage resources through partnerships with Federal and District agencies, nonprofit organizations, and small businesses
• Conducted sales of DCCAH-owned artwork

Speaking engagements while at DCCAH include:

• ARTTABLE Career Roundtable (Washington, DC), Public Art Speaker

• National Assembly of State Art Agencies’ Annual Assembly, Breakout Session Presenter, “5x5: Commissioning Temporary Public Art”

• Corcoran Gallery of Art, Panelist, “Envisioning a Future for Public Art: A Panel Discussion”

• Deputy Mayor For Planning & Economic Development, Selection Panelist, Design+ Build Team for the St. Elizabeths East Gateway Pavilion

• Arch Development Corporation, Selection Panelist, 1st Annual “East of the River Distinguished Artist Award”

Mar 2011 - Jun 2013

British Council, Washington, DC, US, Arts Intern

• Developed and designed content for the British Council website
• Conducted research on special projects and briefed senior staff on project development
• Managed event logistics, including development of digital invitations and coordination of VIPs

Aug 2010 - Mar 2011


New York University (NYU), New York, NY, US, Masters, Visual Arts Administration

VAA Alumni Council Award

Sep 2013 - May 2015

University of Redlands, Redlands, CA, US, Bachelors, Arts Administration

Dean’s List | Department Honors in Art History | Outstanding Major in Art History

Aug 2006 - May 2010

Areas of Specialization