Divya Rao Heffley

Associate Director
Office of Public Art
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Divya Rao Heffley is an arts professional with over ten years of experience in museums, public art, and programming. A Pittsburgh native, she developed a love affair with cities early on that led her to pursue a PhD at Brown University on the intersections between urban design, architecture, and spatial perception. A commitment to the critical role of the arts in the urban experience brought Divya back to Carnegie Museum of Art, where she managed the Hillman Photography Initiative from 2011-2017. An advocate of equity in the arts, she launched artist commissions and public programming that addressed a range of contemporary issues, seeking to foster social justice and cultural equity in public, gallery, and online spaces. 

Divya has juried Photolucida’s Critical Mass International Photography Competition and the Magenta Foundation’s Flash Forward Emerging Photographers Competition, and reviewed at CENTER Santa Fe’s REVIEW Santa Fe. Divya’s writing has appeared in Museums and Visitor Photography; Museum Ideas: Innovation in Theory and Practice, v.2; Design and Culture; Carnegie Magazine; and the Center for the Future of Museums blog. Divya holds a PhD in the History of Art and Architecture from Brown University and a BA in the History of Art from Yale University.