March 3, 2023

Meet the Scottsdale Public Art Team: Victoria

Victoria Sajadi is the public art coordinator for Scottsdale Public Art. Get to know Victoria through the Q&A below.

Tell us a little bit about yourself:

As a relatively new addition to the Scottsdale Public Art team, I am thrilled to be here and to learn from my amazing colleagues who work every day to celebrate and support the arts. Growing up in Arizona, it is wonderful to see the art presence here grow and to be a part of that.

Victoria Sajadi, public art coordinator, stands in the Phillip K. Smith: Three Parallels exhibition at Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA).

What are the duties of the public art coordinator for Scottsdale Public Art?

As public art coordinator, I work closely with artists, city staff, engineers, architects, etc. to help bring permanent and temporary public artworks to fruition here in Scottsdale. It is the best mix of organization, communication, and of course, art. My favorite part of the job is getting to know the wonderful artists we work with; they are all amazingly talented and creative.

What does public art mean to you?

For me, public art is all about accessibility and the ability for artists to use public art to share stories of their communities. I love that anyone living, working, or exploring near public art can experience it without having to purchase tickets or reserve time. Public art is for everyone.

How did you get into the field of public art, and what led you to this career?

I received my master of arts degree in museum studies from Arizona State University. As a student, I interned at various cultural institutions across the Valley, mostly working with collections and exhibits. One of my favorite exhibits to help create was centered around Latin American folk art. I loved working with the vibrant artworks and the stories they told about the diversity of Latin American culture. Years later I am lucky to work with art again as the public art coordinator, and it has been a wonderful experience!

Victoria Sajadi, second from right, poses with other members of the Scottsdale Public Art team and artist Annette Coleman, left, at the dedication for Coleman’s artwork Pinball Wizard at Stetson Plaza in Old Town Scottsdale.

What do you do in your free time?

In my free time you can find me spending time with my husband and daughter, reading a book, crocheting, playing board games, and visiting museums.

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