Mary Valverde is the newest member of NYC’s Public Design Commission, taking over the Sculptor seat. Appointed by the mayor, the PDC reviews permanent works of art, architecture and landscape architecture proposed on or over City-owned property. It acts as caretaker and curator of the City’s public art collection.

Valverde is an interdisciplinary artist who “reflect[s] upon sacred spaces and rituals, and politics of production, exploitation, social roles, culture and tradition.” She teaches at Hunter, York, and Cooper Union School of Art, and her work has been exhibited at El Museo del Barrio, The Queens Museum of Art, Jersey City Museum, Momenta Gallery, Abrons Art Center and Cuchifritos Gallery, among others.

Valverde hopes her experience and expertise will allow her to “evaluate each proposal efficiently and effectively, providing helpful feedback in an effort to improve City projects for the benefit of all New Yorkers.”

Take a look at 10 of our favorite pieces below. All images courtesy of Mary A. Valverde.

10. Fractal Forms – 2008, Wood, acrylic paint, ink

fractal forms

9. Remnants (Measurements of Place) – 2010, Chalk rings on floor


8. Labyrinth – 2010, Balsa wood, copper paint, chalkboard paint, tape, light


7. Untitled (calculations) – 2014, Ink on Paper 5 (12 x 12) inches

Untitled (calculations)

6. TextScriptNote – 2007, Vinyl records, aluminum tape, string, washers


5. Stanza – 2011, Scented Alcove, lined with marks in cocoa butter and coffee


4. 12 Angles – 2007, Fabric, corn husk, joss paper, metal, wood, string

12 Angles

3. Fractal Imprints – 2008, Ink on Paper, 16 x20 inches

Fractal Imprints

2. Excerpts, Book 1: Chronicles Project – 2011, Gestures in chalk on blackboard paint

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1. Choclo – 2011, Chicha morada stained fabric, thread, clay, ink

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