Jen Mergel

Project Lead and Curator at Olmsted Now

Jen Mergel is a contemporary arts leader who has organized more than 50 exhibitions for museum, academic and public audiences. Her recent roles include: Editor-At-Large for Boston Art Review Magazine: The Public Art Issue, Curator of Platform for The Armory Show in New York, and Guest Curator of the exhibitions “Combahee’s Radical Call” at Boston Center for the Arts and “Fog x FLO: Fujiko Nakaya on the Emerald Necklace.”

From 2010-2017, Mergel was Senior Curator of Contemporary Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, where she was also Interim Chair of the Linde Family Wing. Her prior curatorial roles have been at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, Addison Gallery of American Art, and Tang Teaching Museum, among other venues.

Mergel graduated summa cum laude from Harvard, is a 2017 Fellow of the Center for Curatorial Leadership and continues her studies through the Racial Equity Institute. Since 2019, she has led efforts for Olmsted Now: Greater Boston’s Olmsted Bicentennial.


Olmsted Parks: Can They Still Help Us Heal?

Monday, June 20
11:15 AM - 12:30 PM