Anna Valentina Murch
Anna Valentina Murch was a British artist based in San Francisco. She was known for her award-winning public art installations. She attended Croydon College of Art and earned degrees from the University of Leicester and the Royal College of Art in London (1973). She also did graduate work at the Architectural Association in London (1974-1974). In 1976, Murch moved to San Francisco and had a live-work studio at Project Artaud. From 1983 to 1992, she taught at various institutions, including the San Francisco Art Institute and at the University of California, Berkeley. She began teaching at Mills College in 1992, and she held the Joan Danforth Chair of Studio Art there from 2005 to 2007. Murch's work often involved large urban spaces, stations, plazas, bridges, and installations that created plays of light, water, and sound. In Miami, she designed Water Scores, a public plaza with inclined waterfalls. She was part of a team that was commissioned to help with the design of the St. Louis Metro. The design recycled 160,000 pounds of colored glass to "create a shifting, ephemeral light show". One of her last designs was Archipelago, a courtyard for the trauma center at San Francisco General Hospital.