Divya Rao Heffley, PhD

Divya Rao Heffley is an arts professional with over twenty years of experience in museums, public art, art and architectural history, and programming. As an Indian-American immigrant and member of a multicultural family, she is a committed advocate of equity in arts and culture and beyond.

As the Associate Director for the Office for Public Art, Divya works with artists and communities on temporary public art commissions and residencies that address a range of contemporary issues, seeking to foster social justice and cultural equity in public spaces.

Prior to joining OPA, Divya managed the Hillman Photography Initiative at Carnegie Museum of Art from 2013-18. She has been a guest critic for the Carnegie Mellon University School of Art MFA Program and served on a number of regional and national juries and panels for artist selections, grants, and portfolio reviews. Divya served on the Learning and Leadership Committee for The Racial Equity in Arts Funding Research Project of the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, as well as the Diversity Task Force at Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh and Inclusion Working Group at Carnegie Museum of Art. She holds a PhD in the History of Art and Architecture from Brown University and a BA in the History of Art from Yale University.

She grew up in Pittsburgh and has three energetic children as well as a dedicated practice in martial arts.

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Photo by sarah huny young