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A critical thinker on contemporary art, artists’ practices, and environmental and informational issues, Helen publishes articles in journals, magazines and books. She also curates projects and is an experienced public speaker and panelist.

Selected Articles and Plans


Promoting Innovation: Standards and Dialogue for Public Art Resources
Coauthor Arvid Nelson, Curator, Special Collections, Andersen Library, University of MN [link to pdf, 1.8MB]

Waterfront Park Masterplan
with EDAW’s Jacinta McCann and Steve Hanson and Lango Hansen Landscape Architects, for Portland Department of Parks and Recreation. [link]

Still I'll Rise
Public Art Review #44 [link to article, 2.6MB]

Public Art for Community Change
Building Communities, Not Audiences Doug Borwick, editor

The Glory and the Dream of Public Art
Public Art by the Book Barbara Goldstein, editor

Selected Curated Exhibitions


Paradise Regained: Visionary Ecology and the Terrain of Ideals
Center for the Arts Eagle Rock, Los Angeles
Artists: Deena Caparelli, Andreas Hessing + Kathryn Miller, Deborah Lawrence, Marc Pally, Kim Stringfellow

Civic Duty: Building Art, Building Houston
Houston Center for the Arts, Houston, TX
Artists: Reginald Adams, Elmgreen + Dragset, Sharon Englestein, Matthew Gller, Tim Glover, Hirschfield + Ishii, Gordon Huether, Donald Lipski and Bert Long

More Than Words Can Say
Soil, Seattle WA
Artists: Deborah Lawrence, Erin Shie Palmer, Sara Pasti, Kay Sluslarenko

Selected Panels and Presentations

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Soil as the Foundation of Culture
2nd International Award for Public Art Conference, at University of Auckland, New Zealand

Accumulation + Action: Public Art Collection Management
a four-part Webinar for Americans for the Arts

Dirt Dialogs
20th Anniversary World Congress of Soil Scientists, Jeju, Korea

Visual Resourcefulness and the Public Art Challenge
Visual Resources Association 31, Providence, RI. Panel organizer and moderator with digital art collection experts Jack Becker, Rachel Cain, Liz Keithline, Abby Suckle

System of Sustainability
University of Houston/ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts, Houston, TX

Ground Work: Restoring Robert Morris' untitled Earthwork
Cambridge Arts Council, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

Year in Review 2010 (co-presenter Fred Wilson)
Americans for the Arts/Public Art Network, Baltimore, MD