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Guide to the Harold and Joyce Pomeroy Schwartz Public Art Archive
1961-2009 (bulk 1976-2005)
 MSS 171

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Collection processed by Ryann Liebenthal and Katie McCracken, with Robin Preiss and Emily King. Finding aid created by Emily King, with Anne Marie Blum, Anna Gurton-Wachter, Tori Peterson and Timothy Woitas, 2013. 2014 accretion processed by Emily King.

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Biographical Note

Joyce Pomeroy Schwartz grew up in Brooklyn, New York. She received her BA in English Literature and American History from Hunter College, and her MA in Art Education at New York University. Soon after, Schwartz became involved in both the political and art scenes in New York City, sparking her interest in art in a public context.

In 1967, Schwartz opened and managed a gallery specializing in fine art photography called “The Photographer’s Gallery” until its closing in 1971. In 1979, she helped found ArtTable, a group of women dedicated to talking about the role of women in the art world. From 1973 to 1981, she worked as the Director of Commissions at Pace Gallery, developing programs in public art and architecture.

In 1982, Schwartz became the president of Works of Art for Public Spaces Ltd., a consulting firm in contemporary art focusing on architecture and landscape. Schwartz continues to direct the firm, curate exhibitions and write critically about public art.