Emily Blumenfeld



Emily Blumenfeld has seventeen years of experience as a public art consultant, curator and art historian. She has significant expertise in strategic planning, artist selection, media relations, and working with artists to ensure the maximum impact of their work.
A founding Partner of Via Partnership, Emily co-authored several public art master plans and managed numerous public art projects for clients across North America. Examples include:


  • Blumenfeld has managed and continues to work on several significant projects in the St. Louis region. Building upon her work with Metro Arts in Transit, Blumenfeld managed the revision of Arts in Transit’s Policies and Procedures, a document that she originally co-authored in 1999. With Meridith McKinley and David Allen, director of Arts in Transit, she managed the commissioning of work by seven artists for the Cross County MetroLink Extension.


  • Prior to its opening in the Fall of 2001, Via worked with the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts founder, Emily Rauh Putlizer and the Foundation board of directors to determine long term staffing needs, prepare for visiting hours, and develop key media messages. Via produced written materials and helped to develop the web site for the Foundation, worked with local media to cover the opening and helped design multiple preview events including a lecture at Powell Symphony Hall with Tadao Ando, Richard Serra and Ellsworth Kelly.


  • Blumenfeld developed a public art and culture plan for Lambert Airport in St. Louis as a member of the Airport Experience Design Team led by David Mason and Associates. Now, working with Kwame, Blumenfeld is facilitating the Airport Art Advisory Committee and designing temporary and permanent public art project plans that will enhance airport renovations and provide for exhibition space for St. Louis cultural organizations and artists.


  • Blumenfeld led a collaborative team which developed a public art plan for the Utilities and Environmental Protection department of Calgary co-authored by Cliff Garten of Cliff Garten Studio and Mark Crisp of CH2M Hill that will maximize the expressive potential of their water infrastructure.


  • Working with Todd W. Bressi and McKinley, she developed a public art master plan for the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. Key recommendations in the plan included focusing public art allocations on projects that will focus on projects that build a creative Capitol, advance the City’s green agenda, and programs that are woven into the communities civic and community fabric.


  • She is currently managing large-scale public art projects for EnCana Corporation in Calgary, AB with Barcelona artist, Jaume Plensa and three new commissions for the National’s Ballpark in Washington, DC as a consultant to the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.


Emily’s experience includes six years as Community Art Manager for Metro Arts in Transit in St. Louis, where she managed the site-specific public art program, the public poetry program, and community art programs.  In addition, she has acted as curator and educator for the History Division of St. Louis County, and consulted with Chesterfield Arts Inc. to develop a working team focused on highlighting arts and culture in the City of Chesterfield, Missouri.


Emily received a Masters of Arts in Art History and Archaeology from Washington University in St. Louis and a Bachelor of Arts from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut.




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