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Mary Rubin

Senior Project Manager for the San Jose Public Art Program

With a degree in architecture from U.C. Berkeley, and a background of real estate development, and construction project management, Mary has over two decades of experience in public art project management. As Senior Project Manager for the San Jose Public Art Program, she has expertise in all aspects of the public art process including initial visioning with client departments and private developers, artist selection, community engagement, design development, fabrication and installation. Her projects include stand-alone sculptures, artist-architect collaborations addressing complex municipal infrastructure, and engaging artists to address social issues.  Major projects in the City of San Jose include the San Jose Airport Art + Technology Program, San Jose City Hall, the Martin Luther King Library, and the renovation of the McEnery Convention Center.


From 2007 - 2014, Mary worked as co-producer for Mel Chin Studios, managing The Fundred Dollar Bill Project, a national arts driven project engaging children, and their care givers, to support solutions to childhood lead poisoning. Her work with the project included the initial action on the ground in New Orleans, working with educators across the country supporting hundreds of events, and building creative collaborations with lead poisoning prevention partners in multiple cities. In 2015 she co-founded The Dancing Cat, a creative cat-centric community place in San Jose, specializing in adult cat adoption.

Session: Innovation - Public Art at the Forefront: Community-driven, Place-based Strategies