Lianna Hamby, Public Art Project Coordinator
In her role as Public Art Project Coordinator, Lianna Hamby works with the public art team, artists, and community members to create and fulfill public art opportunities. Lianna is an avid listener and loves a good story. She is excited by the stories artists tell through public art, and the stories and connections the public creates through their interactions with art.
Born in Nanjing, China and raised in Portland, Oregon, Lianna holds a master’s degree in Museology (Museum Studies) from the University of Washington. Her undergraduate degree in Studio Art from the University of Puget Sound also allowed her to spend time studying Art History in both Rome and Amsterdam. Prior to joining the Boise City Department of Arts & History, Lianna worked mostly in museums. Her museum experience includes art handling, collections management, exhibition design and curation, as well as membership and educational programming. She has also ventured beyond art, exploring library services, natural history and cultural artifact stewardship, and science education.
Lianna approaches facilitating artist and community collaboration as a way to create art that both reflects and shapes what Boise is, what Boise has been, and what Boise can be. She believes that every interaction with public art adds to the growing and evolving story of that artwork, as well as the overarching story of Boise.