Jody Pinto, American (1942 - )

Jody Pinto

Internationally known for her creative integration of art into architecture and landscape Jody Pinto lives and works in New York City. She has completed nearly forty collaborative projects in the United States, Israel and Japan since 1975. They include a wide range of master-planning, functional elements, landscape interventions, free standing and integrated structural elements. She has received numerous awards and grants including the NEA; Federal Design Achievement Award; National Design for Transportation Award; A.I.A. Honor Award “ Art in Public Spaces “ and two National ASLA Design Honor Awards.

Her drawings are in numerous private and public collections, including the Guggenheim Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Modern Art in New York City; the National Gallery of Art and the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C.; Des Moines Art Center in Iowa; the Denver Art Museum; and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, among others.

A feature article in Landscape Architecture about an award winning project that Pinto collaborated on, describes her basic philosophy of public art: "Pinto, artist on the project, describes designing South Beach (Santa Monica, CA) as an act of 'peeling back a film, revealing what was already there, and exposing the possibilities. The ‘human theater’ of the beach, the people and their activities, became the central focus of the design. How design can enhance existing uses and inspire new ones became the central question.’ It is rare to find a design that starts from such a humble perspective. The provocative integration of drama and mystery into daily activity provides a connective tissue between life and art.”

Current projects include the design of a street in Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA and a 1000’ cable-stayed pedestrian bridge in Phoenix, AZ.


2008 Beach Improvement Group Projects, (BIG) Santa Monica. Awarded “One of Ten Best Public
Spaces in America” by Planning Association of America
2003 CEC International Partners ArtsLink Project Award, Belgrade, Yugoslavia
2002 Beach Improvement Group Projects, (BIG) Santa Monica. National ASLA Design Honor Award.
2001 Beach Improvement Group Projects, (BIG) Santa Monica. ASLA Merit Award, San Diego
1996 Fingerspan Bridge, Design Excellence Award, AIA, Philadelphia, PA.
1996 Design for Transportation Award, National Endowment for the Arts
1995 Federal Design Achievement Award
1994 Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant
1994 Perseverance Park, Syracuse, NY. ASLA Merit Award, NY
1993 New York Foundation for the Arts Grant
Southern Avenue Streetscape/Patrick Park Plaza, Valley Forward/Honeywell, “Crescordia”
Environmental Excellence Award, Phoenix, AZ.
1992 Papago Park/City Boundary, National ASLA Design Honor Award
Honor Award, American Society of Landscape Architects, Arizona Chapter
Valley Forward/ Honeywell, “Crescordia” Environmental Excellence Award, Phoenix, AZ
Mayor’s Environmental Excellence Award, Phoenix, AZ
Fleisher Memorial Award for Excellence in the Arts, Philadelphia, PA.
1988 Fingerspan Bridge, Honor Award “Art in Public Spaces”, American Institute of Architects.
1982 New Jersey Council on the Arts.
1981 Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.
1979 National Endowment for the Arts.


2010 Museum Without Walls-Audio.
Recording for ‘Sculpture Trail’ for Fairmount Park Art Assoc., Phila., PA.

2004-08 Light Station.
3rd Street Station, Charlotte, N.C. Collaboration: Keith Crawford, AIA, Brandston & Partners Lighting Design.

2006-08 Master Plan and Design for Craig Ranch Regional Park.
North Las Vegas, NV. Member of design team with Moore Iacofano Goltsman, Inc., Landscape
architects and planners.

2005 Avenue of the Arts.
Philadelphia, PA. Design Charrette for Broad Street, Philadelphia. Led by Alan Greenberger, MGA Partners,

2002-03 Belgrade Public Art/Planning Project (PaPs).
Belgrade, Yugoslavia. NY: Charlotte Cohen (NYC % for Art) Todd Bressi (Planner).
Belgrade: Zoran Djukanovic, Belgrade School of Architecture/Planning;
Univ. of Fine Arts; City Theater; City Depts.

1995-03 Boone Sculpture Garden.
Pasadena, CA. Collaboration: Maris Peika and Morris l Sato Architects.

1996-02 Light Cylinders.
Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood, FL. International Airport Garage Expansion.
Collaboration: Morris l Sato Architects.

2000-01 Intercontinental Airport & International Services Program- Public Art Master Plan Houston, TX.

1995-01 Riverside South Project.
New York City, NY. Collaboration: Tom Balsley & Assoc. / Lee Weintraub Landscape Arch.
Morris l Sato Architects.

1995-00 B.I.G. (Beach Improvement Group Project).
Santa Monica, CA. Collaboration Wallace, Roberts & Todd; Maris Peika & Morris l Sato Architects.

1999-00 Vallejo Downtown/Waterfront Master Plan.
Vallejo, CA. Collaboration: Wallace, Roberts & Todd and Auerbach & Assoc.

1999-00 Kakaako Waterfront Park Master Plan.
O'ahu, Hawaii. Collaboration: Wallace, Roberts & Todd.
Commission: Hawaii Community Development Authority.

1999-00 Light Islands.
Tokamachi City, Niigata Prefecture, "Echigo-Tsumari," Japan. Collaboration: Morris l Sato Architects.

1999-00 Schuylkill Bridges Gateways Master Plan.
Philadelphia, Pa. Collaboration Wallace, Roberts & Todd and Grenald Waldron Assoc., Lighting.

1998-99 Rio Salado Park & Open Space Master Plan.
Tempe, AZ

1994-96 Washington State Univ. Tri-Cities Campus.
Richland, WA.,

1995 San Antonio Convention Center.
San Antonio, TXMember of design team. Collaboration: Kell/Muñoz/Wigodsky Architects.

1995 Public Art Master Plan.
Broward County, FL. Member of Artist Design Team.

1993-94 Perseverance Park.
Syracuse, NY. Collaboration: M. Paul Friedberg.

1988-93 Southern Avenue Streetscape (24th - 40th Sts.) & Patrick Park Plaza.
Phoenix, AZ.

1988-93 Metro-Link.
St. Louis, MO. Light rail metro system. Artist-team consultant to architects and engineers.

1990-92 Grand Center Master Plan Extension.
St. Louis, MO. Collaboration: Robert Powell, Artist & Phillip Holden, Arch.

1990-92 Papago Park/City Boundary.
Phoenix, AZ. Collaboration: Steve Martino, Landscape Architect.

1989-91 East/West Arbor & Gift Gardens.
Washington International Agricultural Trade Center, Spokane, WA.

1981-87 Fingerspan Bridge.
Philadelphia. PA. Fairmount Park. Collaboration: Samuel Y. Harris, Engineer.

1987 Watch Tower for Hallett’s Cove.
Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City, NY.

1985-86 Structure for Dürer’s Barnhand.
Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, NY.

1982-83 River Run.
Promenade Park, Toledo, Ohio

1982 Seeded Catherine Wheel.
Kutztown State College, Kutztown, PA.

1982 Colorado Corridor.
University of Colorado, Boulder, CO.

1982 Widows’ Perch.
Battery Park Landfill, NY.

1982 Springboard (For Icarus): A Device For A High-Flying Dive.
William Land Park, Sacramento, CA.

1981 Project For The Origin Of The Ohio.
Three Rivers Arts Festival, Pittsburgh, PA

1980 Seeded Sight Wall.
Tel-Hai, Upper Galilee, Israel. "Tel-Hai 80", curated by Amnon Barzel.

1980 Split Tongue Pier.
Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA.

1980 Flood Piece.
University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK

1980 Double Corridor
(Interior/Exterior). California State University at Northridge, Northridge, CA.

1979-80 Serpentine Corridor for an Ohio Landscape.
Wooster College, Wooster, Ohio.

1978 Heart Chambers for Gertrude and Angelo.
Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA. "Dwellings", curated by Suzanne Delehanty, Director.

1978 Heart Chamber for H.C.
Art Institute of Chicago, IL.

1977 Underground Chamber.
Institute for Art and Urban Resources, P.S.1, Long Island City, NY.

1976 Three Open Wells.
Dayton, Ohio. (Interior/Exterior). Curated by Edward Levin.

1974-76 Well Pieces.
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Landfills, Philadelphia, PA

1975 Black Ovals & Bleed Pockets.
Artpark, Lewiston, NY.


Best & Co.
Chemical Bank, New York, NY
Colgate University, Hamilton, NY.
Denver Art Museum, CO
Des Moines Art Center, Iowa
Fabric Workshop Museum, Philadelphia, PA
Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
Hunt Manufacturing Company, Philadelphia, PA
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C.
Neuberger Museum, Purchase, NY
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Museum, Philadelphia, PA
Philadelphia Museum of Art, PA
Prudential Insurance Company, Newark, NY
Tang Museum, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY.
The State Museum of Pennsylvania
Wake Forest University, Winston/Salem, NC
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA


New York Public Library, "Excavations and Constructions: Notes for the Body/Land," Jody Pinto.
The Museum of Modern Art, "Excavations and Constructions: Notes for the Body/Land," Jody Pinto

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