Episode 6: Mary Chou

(un)making

Episode 6: Mary Chou

By Weston Teruya March 17, 2017

Weston Teruya welcomes artists, arts administrators, and cultural workers of color to get real about their lives, practices, and careers. Each episode is an in-depth look into how art gets made, but more importantly how these folks are seeing to the system of art’s (UN)making.


In this episode, we talk with Mary Chou, a Project Manager with the Public Art program of the San Francisco Arts Commission. We discuss what cultural equity means in the context of public art and city government, the nuts and bolts of selecting work for public installation, and how the work of Fred Wilson and Catherine Opie first got her excited about art. You can follow the work of the SFAC Public Art program on Instagram at @sfacpublicart and find opportunities and resources through www.sfartscommission.org.

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Mary Chou is a Project Manager with the San Francisco Arts Commission’s Public Art program. She earned a Masters in Modern Art and Curatorial Studies, with an emphasis in public art, from Columbia University in 2003. She has been with the San Francisco Arts Commission’s Public Art Program for the past 8 years, implementing public art projects at sites ranging from parks and libraries to the new police headquarters and San Francisco International Airport.

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