Renee Piechocki is an artist and public art consultant. She is the director of Pittsburgh’s Office of Public Art, a partnership of the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council and the Department of City Planning which provides technical assistance and educational programs to the public and private sectors in Pittsburgh. Previous positions include Facilitator of Americans for the Arts’ Public Art Network (2000-2004); the studio manager for Vito Acconci and Acconci Studio (1998-2000); and a public art project manager for the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (1994-1998). Select consulting projects include the development of a public art strategy for Lancaster, PA (2008); serving on the public art development committee for the new Hartsfield Atlanta International Airport (2003); and the development of a Public Artist in Residence Program for Cary Visual Arts in Cary, NC (2003).
Her public art publications include “Beyond the Ribbon Cutting: Education and Programming Strategies for Public Art Projects and Programs” in Public Art By the Book, edited by Barbara Goldstein; the Pittsburgh Art in Public Places: Downtown Walking Tour; and the Pittsburgh Art in Public Places: Oakland Walking Tour.
As an artist, Renee has most recently collaborated with artist Tiffany Ludwig as part of Two Girls Working on a national, interview-based public art project Trappings. Their project instigates dialogue about power and identity by asking women to respond to the question: what do you wear that makes you feel powerful? The artists have interviewed more than 600 artists in 15 states. Their book, Trappings: Stories of Women, Power and Clothing was published by Rutgers University Press in October 2007. Their traveling exhibition launched at the Miller Gallery at Carnegie Mellon University in 2006. In 2008, they received recognition by Public Art Network’s Year In Review for their public art installation at the Midwife Center for Birth and Women’s Health in Pittsburgh, PA. Detailed information can be found at www.twogirlsworking.com.
Renee Piechocki was born in Queens, New York and grew up in Long Island. She received her BA in Studio Art and Honors Program from Hunter College of the City University of New York. She moved to Pittsburgh in 2003.
BA, Studio Art, Hunter College of the City University of New York