Sunday, April 13, 2008

Eco-Art Lecture @ Goucher College

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Linda Weintraub, a contemporary art educator, will give a talk titled "Eco-Art and Artist: Are Microbes and Fungi Beautiful?" on Tuesday, April 22, at 7 p.m. in Goucher College's Kelley Lecture Hall.

The event is free and open to the public.

Weintraub is a writer, curator, educator, and artist. She is writing Avant-Guardians: Textlets in Art and Ecology, a series of mini-textbooks that are designed to demonstrate art's connection to the planet's wellbeing. Though thematically different, each book focuses on contemporary artists who are using ecology in their choices of theme, practice, medium, and display.

Weintraub was the director of the Edith C. Blum Art Institute at Bard College for 10 years and the Henry R. Luce Professor of Emerging Arts in Oberlin College from 2000 to 2003. She taught eco-art at Oberlin and has lectured at many colleges and universities, including New York University and the University of California, Los Angeles. Weintraub has also curated 55 art exhibitions, many of which have toured nationally and internationally.

Her belief in the importance of connecting to and understand ecosystems has influenced her lifestyle. Weitraub lives in an energy-efficient home made out of recycled cars on 11 acres in Rhinebeck, NY. She spends her time farming, gardening, and tending to her animals, which she says allows her to connect with the growth patterns and life cycles of her environment.

Weintraub's Goucher appearance is the 2008 Irwin C. Schroedl Jr. Lecture in the Decorative Arts and Material Culture. Former Goucher registrar and alumna Evelyn Schroedl established this lecture series in 1997 to honor the memory of her husband and bring prominent art personalities to the college's campus.

For more information on her projects, visit
and her blog