The Designators are leading figures in the design, artistic, and preservation professions in Boston, demonstrating that projects funded by the Foundation must be of the highest professional and design quality standards.
“The designators relish their role in contributing to the civic life of Boston by providing funds for projects from public art to restoration of historic elements throughout the neighborhoods of Boston at the behest of the George B. Henderson Foundation.”
Vin Cipolla is President and CEO of Historic New England. He has held senior leadership positions at the National Park Foundation, the Municipal Art Society of New York, and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. He was the Chairman and President of the ICA / Boston, among many other trustee leadership appointments.
Deneen Crosby is a founding Principal and the Director of Landscape Architecture at Crosby | Schlessinger | Smallridge LLC. She has over 30 years of design experience, including more than 100 constructed projects in the Boston metropolitan area. In 2009, she was appointed to the Boston Civic Design Commission.
Nida Sinnokrot is an Assistant Professor of Art, Culture, and Technology at MIT. He received his BA from the University of Texas at Austin and an MFA from Bard College and participated in the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program (2001). He is a Rockefeller Foundation Media Arts Fellow (2002) and a Fellow of Akademie Schloss Solitude (2012-15). He is a working artist who regularly exhibits his work in various public collections.
Mark Pasnik is a Founding Principal of OverUnder and a Professor of Architecture at Wentworth Institute of Technology. He co-authored Heroic: Concrete Architecture and the New Boston and the forthcoming Justice is Beauty: Mass Design Group. He’s received the AIA Young Architects Award and recognition from the Boston Preservation Alliance, Historic New England, and the Boston Society of Architects. He is currently Chair of the Boston Art Commission.
Byron Rushing served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives from 1982-2018. Representative Rushing’s background is in community organizing and in African American history. Before entering the Legislature, he was President of the Museum of Afro-American History. In 1979, Rep. Rushing oversaw the lobbying effort in Congress to establish the Boston African American National Historical Site, a component of the National Park Service.
Candelaria Silva-Collins (Chair) is a marketing, community outreach, and programming consultant, writer, and trainer/facilitator. She coordinates the Community Membership Program of the Huntington Theatre Company and is Program Manager for the Fellowes Athenaeum Trust Fund of the Boston Public Library. She is a published author and an active blogger. She has served on the boards of Goddard College, Wheelock Family Theatre, Boston Foundation for Architecture, and Discover Roxbury.
Gerald W.R. Ward is a Senior Consulting Curator and the Katharine Lane Weems Senior Curator of American Decorative Arts and Sculpture Emeritus at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. He was heavily involved in the planning of the museum’s new Art of the Americas wing. He graduated from Harvard College and received his PhD in American and New England Studies from Boston University. Prior to the MFA, Mr. Ward worked at the Yale University Art Gallery, the Winterthur Museum, and the Strawbery Banke Museum.