MERIDITH McKINLEY | Partner
A founding partner of Via Partnership, Meridith McKinley brings her significant expertise in strategic planning and community engagement to Via’s many public art planning projects. Through her planning work, McKinley has worked with established public art programs to reinvigorate and re-tool their programs and assisted communities across the country in developing new public art programs. In addition, McKinley has managed many high-profile public art projects for public agencies, private developers and cultural organizations throughout North America.
Prior to Via, McKinley worked as a project consultant for Metro Arts in Transit in St. Louis, where she worked on several enhancement projects, development studies, and development resource guidebooks.
McKinley is active in numerous civic organizations in St. Louis. She currently serves on the boards of Critical Mass for the Visual Arts and St. Louis Artworks. She is a former member of the boards of Metropolis St. Louis and the Coro-St. Louis Leadership Center. She has served on allocation committees for the United Way of Greater St. Louis and the Regional Arts Commission.
Meridith is an alumna of the Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs. She received a Bachelor of Arts with honors from the University of Iowa.
EMILY A. BLUMENFELD | Partner
Emily Blumenfeld is a public art consultant, curator and art historian working from the New York metropolitan area. She has significant expertise in strategic planning, artist selection, exhibition production, media relations, and working with artists to ensure the maximum impact of their work. A founding partner of Via Partnership, Emily has co-authored several public art master plans and managed numerous public art projects for clients across North America.
Blumenfeld’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.
Blumenfeld is a graduate of the International Leadership Program in Visual Arts Management presented by NYU Steinhardt School, Guggenheim Bilbao and Deusto Business School, Bilbao. She holds 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.
ALIZA SCHIFF | Associate
Aliza Schiff joined Via Partnership as an Associate in 2009, contributing to public art strategies and master plans, as well as artist selection and commission management projects. Her chief contributions to Via’s projects include conducting research to inform master plans, writing and editing, and assisting with community involvement aspects of public art projects and master plans.
Schiff spent four years as a public art project manager for Arlington, Virginia’s nationally-recognized public art program, developing and managing new commissions with national and local artists, planning future public art opportunities with stakeholders, working with private developers commissioning projects through the site plan process, and overseeing conservation of the County’s 70+ piece permanent public art collection. In addition, Schiff has a strong background in community partnerships and has managed a Summer Youth Employment Program for the City of Providence (Rhode Island) and was Community Partnerships & Programs Manager for Arlington Cultural Affairs (Virginia). In these roles Schiff developed and implemented creative programs that engaged the public and created lasting partnerships.
Schiff holds a Masters of Arts in Public Humanities from Brown University and a Bachelor of Arts in American Studies from The George Washington University in Washington, DC. She lives in the Hudson Valley region of New York State.
ANGIE VILLA | Associate
Angie Villa joined Via Partnership as an Associate in 2017. She works on the research and project management portions of projects for St. Louis-based and national clients, often guiding artist calls and public workshops and providing administrative support. Once an aspiring painter, Villa brings her detailed vision and meticulous oversight to each project and applies her creativity to problem solving.
During her tenure as Gallery Director at Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design, Villa specialized in selecting and building collections from a range of artists working in a variety of mediums, balancing the artist’s creative process with the desires of the public. She continues to consult and volunteer at the Craft Alliance Gallery. Villa also worked as a commercial art project manager, working through the complexities of public opinion by guiding clients through the design process.
Villa received a Bachelor of Arts with honors from Saint Louis University and studied Arts Management and Leadership at Webster University.