Ms. Valverde will be appointed to the Sculptor seat, joining artists, museum officials, architects, and members of the Mayor’s Office in reviewing art commissions, architectural projects, and historic renovations on City-owned property, as well as helping to oversee the city’s public art collection.
Architect James Stewart Polshek, Mahnaz Ispahani Bartos of the New York Public Library, Richard Moore from the Brooklyn Museum, Ann G. Tenebaum from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and painter Hank Willis Thomas already serve on the Design Commission.
Ms. Valverde is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the School of Visual Arts, and her artwork has been shown at El Museo del Barrio, the Queens Museum of Art, Abrons Art Center, and Cuchifritos Gallery. She teaches at Hunter College, York College, and Cooper Union. She is known for exploring the rituals and aesthetics of sacred spaces through sculptural installations and performance.