Alumni News: Victor Miguel Cruz Becomes Member of the New Salem Public Art Commission

June 5, 2014

Salem Mayor names members of Public Art Commission


Mayor Kimberley L. Driscoll recently named the seven members of the new Salem Public Art Commission. The panel is charged with implementing the city’s public art initiative. Outlined in the Public Art Master Plan completed last year, it calls for the city to commission and acquire public art; act as a steward of the city’s public art collection; and engage the public in collection. The commission members are Montserrat College of Art alumnus Victor Miguel Cruz ’13, a freelance designer and illustrator; Juliette Fritsch, chief of education and interpretation for the Peabody Essex Museum; Norene Gachignard, president of the board of directors of the Salem Theatre Company and a former School Committee member; Ellen Hardy, a visual artist who is a member of the city’s Public Arts Master Plan Working Group and a board member of the Salem Arts Association; Lillian Hsu, director of public art and exhibitions of the Cambridge Arts Council; Claudia Paraschiv, an architect, public artist, and lecturer at Boston Architectural College who is on the Salem Arts Festival Committee; and J. Michael Sullivan, a licensed architect who is filling the seat intended for a member of the Design Review Board. All the appointments are subject to City Council confirmation.

Victor Miguel Cruz holds a BFA from Montserrat College of Art and is a freelance designer and illustrator. He brings the fresh enthusiasm and perspective of a younger artist who is at the start of his artistic career.

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