Kendal Henry is an artist and curator who lives in New York City and has specialized in the field of public art for the past twenty five years. He believes that public art can is a highly effective tool of social engagement, civic pride and economic development. Henry illustrates this through the projects and programs he has initiated in the US, Europe, Russia, Asia, Central Asia, Australia and the Caribbean. He believes that the most successful public artworks start with the question, “What do you want the artwork to do?”, taking account the audience and surrounding environment in the creation of that artwork.
Kendal Henry is currently Director of the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs' Percent for Art Program and has previously served as Director of Culture and Economic Development for the City of Newburgh, NY., and for 11 years as the Manager of Arts Programs at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority Arts for Transit Program. At the MTA he oversaw the fabrication and installation of permanent art projects, was a member of the MTA’s design team, and produced temporary exhibitions at Grand Central Terminal.
Kendal is adjunct professor at NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development, and a guest lecturer at universities and educational institutions including the Abbey Mural Workshop at the National Academy Museum & School of Fine Arts; Rhode Island School of Design Senior Studio; and Pratt Institute’s Arts and Cultural Management Program.