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BU Lecture Series Featuring Kate Gilbert of Now + There

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    Free and open to the public

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    Design Enthusiasts

Free and open to the public—no advance registration!

Organized in partnership with Boston University CFA School of Visual Arts’ Tuesday Night MFA Lecture Series on occasion of the exhibition Now What?! Advocacy, Activism & Alliances in American Architecture Since 1968. A tour of the exhibition will take place at 8:30PM following the lecture.

Kate Gilbert cultivates the critical role the arts and artists play in transforming our cities, our relationships, and ourselves. These investigations manifest in artwork, a curatorial practice, and dedication to expanding the field of public art.

As an artist and cultural worker, Gilbert strives to facilitate joy and spontaneity and to drive public appreciation of contemporary art practices. Gilbert, the product of generations of creatives who didn’t dare call themselves artists, cites her over-active childhood imagination and early exposure to large-scale sculpture as critical factors in her creative investigations. As a natural collaborator and problem solver, her studio practice morphed into a curatorial consulting practice for public art initiatives and in 2015, the founding of the Boston public art non-profit Now and There where she has developed a Public Art Accelerator.

Gilbert is a graduate of Connecticut College and earned her MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University. She is the 2020 recipient of NEFA’s Newell Flather Award for Leadership in Public Art, for curation and her artwork is in the Fidelity Corporate Art Collection as well as many Boston households thanks to her participatory workshops. Gilbert lives and works in Boston, MA with her husband and escapes to a small studio in East Boston to keep her artistic practice alive. Even if only on Sundays.

Kate Gilbert (she/her/hers) Executive Director of Now + There

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