During her career, Marsha Moss has been interested in the ideas and energy that art can bring to the public life of a city. She believes that when art is alive and engaged in public places, both the human experience and the physical environment are enriched.
Over two decades, as Director of Sculpture Outdoors, Moss curated major exhibitions across the country on public and alternative sites – in rivers, atop urban rooftops, along sidewalks and at college campuses, city parks and corporate plazas.
In the mid-nineties, as a member of the Mayor’s Cultural Advisory Council, Moss founded The ArtFront Partnership, an innovative venture that commissions artists to transform dark vacant storefronts into illuminated, dynamic destinations. The Arts and Business Council of Greater Philadelphia has twice honored The ArtFront Partnership as finalist for the Award of Excellence in Art Management and the Award for Arts and Business Partnership.
Throughout her professional life, Moss has sought to combine the artist’s vision with public purpose by advancing permanent commissions at medical, corporate and performing arts centers, transit stations, universities and Percent for Art projects. Among them are the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Philadelphia City Planning Commission, the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority, SEPTA’s Art in Transit Program, and the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation. Currently, Moss is serving as public art curator and consultant for Penn Medicine’s Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine, the Smilow Center for Translational Research and the Jordan Medical Education Center.
She continues to serve on the Mayor’s Public Art Advisory Council, a committee charged with advising the City’s Public Art Office on matters related to public art policy.
Moss currently participates actively on many non-profit/ boards and councils, and, over the years, she has been honored by several of them. Most recently, she was presented with the prestigious Fleisher Founder’s Award, honoring her “as a transformative force in Philadelphia through her passionate advocacy of public art.”