Renee Piechocki is an artist and public art consultant. She is the founding director of Pittsburgh’s Office of Public Art, a partnership of the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council and the City of Pittsburgh Department of City Planning, which provides technical assistance and educational programs to the public and private sectors in the Pittsburgh region.
Previous positions include Facilitator of Americans for the Arts’ Public Art Network (2000-2004); studio manager for Vito Acconci and Acconci Studio (1998-2000); and public art project manager for the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (1994-1998). Recent consulting projects include a public art plans for Lancaster, Pennsylvania (2016), the Cross Charlotte Trail in Charlotte, North Carolina (2016), and Laramie, Wyoming (2015); the development of a public art strategy for the Rose F. Kennedy Greenway in Boston, Massachusetts (2012); and developing public art guidelines and procedures for the City of Charleston, West Virginia (2012).
Select public art related publications include “Beyond the Ribbon Cutting: Education and Programming Strategies for Public Art Projects and Programs” in Public Art by the Book, edited by Barbara Goldstein; Pittsburgh Art in Public Places: Downtown Walking Tour and Pittsburgh Art in Public Places: Oakland Walking Tour; Add Value Add Art, a resource guide about public art for private developers that was created for the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh. and Artist Residencies in the Public Realm, a resource guide for community collaborations.
She is part of the collaboration Two Girls Working with artist Tiffany Ludwig. For ten years, they produced Trappings, a social practice project that investigated how women define and present power in their lives. The project was presented as a national, traveling exhibition; the book Trappings: Stories of Women, Power and Clothing published by Rutgers University Press; and several public art installations. The Trappings archive is housed at the Schlesinger Library of the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard University.
Renee Piechocki was born in Queens, New York and grew up in Long Island. She received her BA in Studio Art and Honors Program from Hunter College of the City University of New York.