SHEILA NOVAK is an interdisciplinary artist and arts administrator living in Boston, MA. Currently, Sheila serves as the Public Art Program Manager for the Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy where she has curated, designed and managed the creation of new public artwork for Boston. Sheila has been working in the the nonprofit arts sector intersecting creative practice with public art, creative placekeeping and cultural equity since 2013.
Sheila’s practice spans many media from sculpture and photography to social practice and public art, and engages in various methodologies, from administration and activism to creation and exhibition. Her creative work explores the interwoven experiences of internal and external landscapes to ameliorate the widening gulf between our bodies, the earth and each other. Her artistic practice is centered on personal and collective narratives of vulnerability and connection, aesthetically focalizing the natural world as an extension of the body and as a locus for healing. Her public practice is grounded in the belief that artwork made for and by community creates spaces of belonging, promotes empathy and resilience, and ensures a vibrant public life.
Prior to working for The Greenway, Sheila worked on placemaking and public art projects in Minneapolis, Minnesota, including Northern Spark, Art Shanty Projects and the John Biggers Seed Project. In 2018 Sheila was awarded the New England Fellowship with National Arts Strategies shortly after arriving in Boston from Minneapolis. Sheila has served as the Artist in Residence at the Urbano Project (2020), Hennepin County Medical Center (2015-2017), as well as an Artist in Residence in Ecology, Spirituality and Community at Holden Village (2014). Sheila received her B.A. in Studio Art from St. Olaf College (2012)
For inquiries regarding purchasing of artwork, commissions, or public art consulting please email: SheilaNovakStudios@gmail.com