Karin Goodfellow

Director, Boston Art Commission & Boston AIR, Mayor’s Office of Arts & Culture, Boston, USA
Four Season AL MarYah
24TH and 25TH JANUARY 2018
"Join me on the 19th of March 2018 at Art Talks I: Art, Real Estate and the Built Environment where I will be speaking alongside San Francisco Arts Commission, Los Angeles County Arts Commission and Minnesota State Arts Board on the US Percent for Art Program. Learn more on the overview page."

THE BOSTON ARTS COMMISSION, ESTABLISHED IN 1890, exercises legal authority to approve and site new public art on property owned by the city of boston

Karin Goodfellow drives all public art initiatives and policies for the City of Boston. As a leader in the arts in the Greater Boston Area, she is a relationship builder, connector, fundraiser, and arts advocate. Ms. Goodfellow leads the Boston Art Commission, housed in the Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture, to commission and approve innovative and transformative art and promote its accessibility to enrich the lives of Boston's diverse citizens and visitors. She has reinvigorated the City's portfolio of artworks to engage in contemporary trends and dialogues with an emphasis on artistic excellence that reflects the diversity and values of Boston's neighborhoods. An artist herself, Ms. Goodfellow fosters involvement of Boston's arts influencers, cultivates collaboration, curates projects, leads community engagement, and manages all aspects of operations. Since 2008, she has succeeded in increasing transparency and procedural clarity by removing obstacles to improve artistic performance and experience. In 2016, she grew that work to include projects funded through the City's capital budget with the creation of the City's first Percent-for-Art program. She also spearheaded the City of Boston's first Artist-In-Residency program, Boston AIR, now entering its third year. Through this expanding program, Ms. Goodfellow cultivates new approaches to familiar challenges in city government by supporting local artists as agents of reflection, collaboration, and activism.

A graduate of Dartmouth College, Harvard University, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Ms. Goodfellow has a background in project planning and design, policy and implementation, and visual arts and social practice.