Sherry Dobbin, Director of Public Art for the Times Square Alliance, leads Times Square Arts, which collaborates with contemporary artists to experiment and engage with one of the world’s most iconic urban places. Since February 2012, she has developed programs for Times Square’s electronic billboards, public plazas, vacant areas, popular venues, and online platforms. Prior to coming to the Times Square Alliance, she worked for over twenty years as creative producer and arts administrator in theater, opera, dance, TV, and visual arts for both non-traditional and traditional venues. Previously, she was Director of The Watermill Center, founded by Robert Wilson, where she developed an international, cross-disciplinary artist-in-residence programs, produced large site-specific events, and developed a humanities program that included lectures, screenings, education events and tours of an 8,000 piece art collection.
From 2004 to 2008, she was a Project Director in arts-led regeneration across London and East of England where she was involved in visioning, strategy and delivery across public realm projects. As a result of her work, she was invited to become a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (UK), was awarded an Escalator Leadership award by the Arts Council England and has presented at numerous regeneration conferences in the UK. She holds a BFA in theater direction and an MA in Art History and sits on advisory and review panels for cross-disciplinary arts organizations. She has participated in numerous panels to discuss issues of urban and cultural revitalization, artist residences and cross-disciplinary practice. She has worked for such organizations as the Los Angeles Opera, Huntington Theater Company, Boston Ballet, WGBH-TV, Royal Institute of British Architects and Wysing Arts. Ms. Dobbin currently co-teaches a course titled “The Art and Artist in Urban Revitalization” as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the NYU Robert F Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.