Ruri Yampolsky

Public Art Program Director
Seattle Office of Arts & Culture
Seattle, Washington

Ruri Yampolsky is the director of the city of Seattle’s Public Art Program in the Office of Arts & Culture, working with the public art team to integrate the ideas and work of artists into the public realm. With 28 years in the field, she has worked to expand public experience by providing a range of projects in a variety of artistic expressions that shape urban space, engage community, encourage civic dialog and create place. She has managed site-integrated and design-team artwork projects in conjunction with large-scale capital and infrastructure construction and has shepherded the development of several influential art plans. She and her team focus on ensuring that policies and procedures for artwork development and collection stewardship support Seattle’s commitment to racial equity and inclusion in all aspects of the work. She has been a member of several interdepartmental teams addressing city-wide planning issues such as the redevelopment of Seattle’s central waterfront. She is also a registered architect with a Masters of Architecture from Columbia University, and earned her bachelor's in architecture with a minor in Latin from Barnard College.

Ruri is serving her last year as a member of the Public Art Network Council, currently as Vice-Chair.