Jennifer Lantzas revealed what a rich program the NYC Parks have of interesting and creative works by artists all over NYC – who knew there were so many? Over fifty right now.
Molly Barnes will interview Jennifer Lantzas, the Public Art Coordinator for the NYC Parks Department.
Jennifer Lantzas is the Public Art Coordinator at the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation and has been with Parks since November 18, 2009. She works with a diverse group of arts organizations, government agencies, and artists to bring both experimental and traditional art to parks in New York City’s five boroughs—managing over 120 temporary public art exhibitions during the four years she has worked at Parks. Ms Lantzas runs NYC Parks’ Clare Weiss Emerging Artist Award, a $10,000 award that is granted annually to one emerging artist to create a temporary outdoor sculpture in a New York City park.
Jennifer Lantzas is also adept at promoting the artwork. She has overseen over 40 successful outdoor installations, including Ai Weiwei’s Zodiac sculptures, Sol Lewitt’s display in City Hall Park, and 88 pianos being placed in dozens of parks citywide. Ms Lantzas was also instrumental in bringing the BMW Guggenheim Lab to First Street Park.
Additionally, she has organized 27 exhibitions as the curator of the Arsenal Gallery, the city’s only municipally run exhibition space. Jennifer coordinates Parks’ Uncommon Ground events in conjunction with gallery exhibitions, which includes artist workshops, lecture series and film screenings.
Prior to working at NYC Parks, Ms Lantzas contributed her services at artist Joseph Kosuth’s studio, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Independent Curators International, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Jennifer received her Master of Arts in Visual Arts Administration from New York University and a Bachelor’s degree in the History of Art & Archaeology from the University of Maryland.