Meri Rose Ekberg
Position title: Public History Project Assistant Director
Office: 5218 Mosse Humanities Bldg.
Public History Project
I am an arts administrator who strives to form community connections and mutual understanding through exhibitions and public art initiatives that incite collaboration and dialogue. I believe in the value of art to enrich the cross-cultural exchange, build the economy, and improve the quality of life. I enjoy producing exhibitions, festivals, and community arts events that provide opportunities for connection between artists and their communities.
I work with visual and performing artists, curators, public historians, civic and community leaders to create inspirational and engaging content for diverse audiences and provide marginalized communities with access to the arts. In 2020 I co-administrated the City of Madison’s Downtown Street Art & Mural Project, a large time-sensitive exhibition occurring in conjunction with the George Floyd Protests. I assisted in the production of over 100 murals by local artists who had experienced racialized violence, and provided these artists with the opportunity to express their grief, hope, and wishes for the future while also celebrating Black Lives, history, and culture. This exhibition was celebrated in the award-winning book “Let’s Talk About It” published by the American Family Insurance Institute for Corporate and Social impact.
I have a Masters degree in Library and Information Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a Masters degree in Modern and Contemporary Art History, Theory, and Criticism from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.