Meredith Bergmann, 1955

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Woman Category: Arts and Literature & PoetryWoman Tags: Greater Boston Women, Poet, and Sculptress

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    Meredith Bergmann, 1955

    A sculptress and poet, famous for creating the Boston Women’s Memorial and for her contribution to the regeneration of public monuments in the US.

    Meredith Gang was born in New Jersey to secular Jewish parents who encouraged her to make art and have social awareness. She graduated with a Bachelor Degree in Fine Art from The Cooper Union in 1977 and the following year traveled to Europe, settling shortly in Pietrasanta, Italy to further develop her sculpting skills. The breakthrough came after 20 years of practice when she won her largest public commission, that of the Boston Women’s Memorial.
    Her work is informed by her timely interest in complex histories, female and racial representation in public spaces. Those themes come across in her public installations such as Countee Cullen memorial in New York Public Library and September 11th Memorial for the Cathedral of St. John.
    Bergmann won the commission to create the first monument of “real women” in Central Park, NYC, due in 2020. The monument has gained public attention since among the 22 statues in the Park, only one depicts a female figure – Alice in Wonderland. The new monument will be devoted to the suffragists Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton.
    She started studying poetry at the age of 48. Her poems since appeared in various publications, she served for a decade as the poetry editor of American Arts Quarterly and published a poetry chapbook. Bergmann is married to film director Michael Bergmann, with whom she collaborated as Production Designer. The two have a son and live in Ridgefield, Connecticut.

    “Something that is merely beautiful is not art enough for me. It needs layers of meaning that unfold over time”

    “Something that is merely beautiful is not art enough for me. It needs layers of meaning that unfold over time”


    Another Interesting Anecdote:

    • Her late-blooming career as a poet was inspired by the story of Phillis Wheatley – first black female poet published in the United States – whom she depicted in her Boston monument.
  • More About Her Legacy

    * 1977 The Eliot Lash Award for Sculpture, The Cooper Union
    * 2017 Proskauer Prize, National Sculpture Society

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    Meredith Bergmann, 1955

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    Boston Women's Memorial

    Visit the Boston Women's Memorial with tour guide Susan Wilson. Designed by Meredith Bergmann, this memorial highlights three great women in Boston history--Abigail Adams, Lucy Stone, and Phillis Wheatley. Filmed during Primary Source's summer conference about the Picturing America collection from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Videography by Gifford Productions.

  • The Boston Women’s Memorial, created by Bergmann in 2003. Photo credit - city of Boston.