Estelle Lebowitz Endowed Visiting Artist

The Estelle Lebowitz Endowed Visiting Artist program affords the University community and general public the opportunity to view the work of a renowned contemporary woman artist through an exhibition and a short residency to meet with her in classes and public lectures. The Program was endowed in 1999 by Professor Joel Lebowitz, Distinguished Professor Emeritus,  Rutgers University, in honor of his late wife, artist Estelle Lebowitz.
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Estelle Lebowitz (1930-1996) was born and raised in NY. She attended the High School of Music and Art, and Brooklyn College. In her artist's statement she wrote, "My work(s) may be described as women's feminine objects with overtones of nature. They are semi-abstract images that are mostly fantasies, influenced originally by Impressionism and brought into Modernism by my own style and technique. Light and color are very important in my work... and they each mean something." Her work has been exhibited in Sommers Town Gallery, NY; Coster's Gallery, NJ; and multiple venues at Rutgers University.



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*Videos only available starting in the 2009-10 academic year.

*Artists selected by invitation only.

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Estelle Lebowitz, Untitled, 1992

 

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JUDITH K. BRODSKY
2018-2019 Estelle Lebowitz Endowed Visiting Artist
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Judith K. Brodsky is a Distinguished Professor Emerita in the Department of Visual Arts, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University. She is an arts administrator, activist, educator, curator, writer, and entrepreneur. Brodsky works with a contemporary iconography, one that is often ironic and sometimes humorous, reflecting the intellectual, political, and social issues of the present world. She is known for her etchings and lithographs, and her work is in many permanent collections worldwide, including the New Jersey State Museum, Harvard University Museums, Library of Congress, Victoria & Albert, London, and Stadtsmuseum, Berlin.

Forthcoming: catalog  |  lecture

Portrait of Mimi Smith

 

MIMI SMITH
2017-2018 Estelle Lebowitz Endowed Visiting Artist
mimismith.com

Born in Massachusetts and based in New York, Smith graduated with her MFA from the Visual Arts Department at Rutgers in 1966 when the program was located on the Douglass Campus. As a student at Rutgers in the 60's attending classes on the Douglass Campus, Smith studied with Fluxus and Conceptual artists and began making sculptural works. She became a pioneer in early feminist and conceptual art focusing on clothing sculpture and drawing installation, and attributes her time at Rutgers to this development in her work when clothing and materials became both subject and form.

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Portrait of Laura Anderson Barbata

 

LAURA ANDERSON BARBATA
2016-2017 Estelle Lebowitz Endowed Visiting Artist
lauraandersonbarbata.com

Laura Anderson Barbata was born in Mexico City and is based in New York City. She is a professor at the Escuela Nacional de Escultura, Pintura y Grabado La Esmeralda of the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes, México. Her transdisciplinary work has received grants and awards from Bellas Artes and FONCA. Since 1992 has worked primarily in the social realm, and has initiated projects in the Amazon of Venezuela, Trinidad and Tobago, Norway, the USA, and Mexico.

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CHITRA GANESH
2015-2016 Estelle Lebowitz Endowed Visiting Artist
chitraganesh.com

Chitra Ganesh is a Brooklyn based artist whose drawing, mixed media, site-specific, and text based works address buried narratives typically absent from the official canons of history, literature, and art. Her imagery is drawn from a broad range of references spanning from the iconography of Hindu, Greek, and Buddhist mythology to 19th Century European portraiture and fairytales to more contemporary cultural references such as Bollywood, Anime and comic books.

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GRIMANESA AMORÓS
2014-2015 Estelle Lebowitz Endowed Visiting Artist
grimanesaamoros.com

Grimanesa Amorós is a renowned multi-disciplinary artist with diverse interests in the fields of social history, scientific research and critical theory. Born in Lima, Peru, she lives and works in New York City. Amorós is most known for her large-scale light-based public art installations. Her work incorporates elements from sculpture, video, lighting, and cutting edge technology to create site-specific installations that engage architecture and create community.

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*Part of Momentum: Women/Art/Technology.

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MARTHA WILSON
2013-2014 Estelle Lebowitz Endowed Visiting Artist
marthawilson.com

Wilson, a native of Newtown, PA, who has lived in New York since 1974, is esteemed for both her solo artistic production and her maverick efforts to champion creative forms that are "vulnerable due to institutional neglect, their ephemeral nature, or politically unpopular content." In 1976 Wilson founded and continues to direct Franklin Furnace, an artist-run space that champions the exploration, promotion and preservation of artists' books, installation art, video, online and performance art, further challenging institutional norms, the roles artists play within society, and expectations about what constitutes acceptable art mediums.

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ARIANE LITTMAN
2012-2013 Estelle Lebowitz Endowed Visiting Artist
ariane-littman.com

Ariane Littman lives and works in Jersusalem, Israel. Her works use aerial, road, historic, and closure maps to address the various borders, checkpoints, barriers, and road networks throughout the West Bank and Jerusalem.  Littman produces works in a variety of media including performance, videos, collage, and photography.

Preview Catalogue  |  catalog available for purchase: Credit Card or Check  lecture

*Part of The Fertile Crescent: Gender, Art, and Society.

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AUDREY FLACK
2011-2012 Estelle Lebowitz Endowed Visiting Artist
audreyflack.com

Audrey Flack is a pioneer of Photorealism and a nationally recognized painter and sculptor. Her philosophical use of the mystical and the myth is seen in such series as The Art Muse and Recent Pages from an Ancient Past. All of Flack's works can be seen as self-portraits.  She either uses her own face, as in the photographic works Recent Pages from an Ancient Past, or bases her prints and drawings on photographs of her goddess sculptures. In all her work, Flack celebrates the beneficial power of women. 

catalog available for purchase: Credit Card or Check  lecture

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JOAN SNYDER
2010-2011 Estelle Lebowitz Endowed Visiting Artist
franklinparrasch.com

Snyder is an internationally acclaimed artist and pioneering feminist artist, who graduated from Douglass College (BA, 1962) and Rutgers in 1966 with a MFA. She is a recipient of a MacArthur Genius Award (2007) and was inducted into Rutgers Hall of Distinguished Alumni in May 2011. Throughout her career Snyder has combined oil, watercolor, acrylic, pencil, glitter, fabric, bark, straw, herbs, beads, paper mache and other materials in her paintings to create uniquely fluid surfaces. Her paint is applied as thick and heavy, light and washy, or propelled onto and dripped down the canvas to create vibrant expressionistic works.

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CECILIA VICUÑA
2009-2010 Estelle Lebowitz Endowed Visiting Artist
ceciliavicuna.com

Cecilia Vicuña is a Chilean-born artist who lives and works in New York City. Renowned for her "precarious" installations in nature, which address ecological issues, Vicuña bridges the space between art and poetry, integrating multiple media into her work. Her visual language speaks to the past and the future by exploring parallels between the ancient indigenous worldview of the Americas and the worldview of particle physicists which includes concepts of entanglement and the multiverse.

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RENÉE COX
2008-2009 Estelle Lebowitz Endowed Visiting Artist
reneecox.org

Renee Cox is one of the most controversial African-American artists working today. She often uses her own body clothed or nude to celebrate black womanhood and criticize a society she often views as racist and sexist. From the very beginning, her work showed a deep concern for social issues and employed religious imagery.

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BERNI SEARLE
2007-2008 Estelle Lebowitz Endowed Visiting Artist
bernisearle.com

Berni Searle, who works primarily in video and photography, lives and works in Capetown, South Africa and New York City. Her art works examine the conceptual intersection between personal and social identity as it relates to history, memory, heritage, race, and gender.

catalog available for purchase: Credit Card or Check

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MAY STEVENS
2006-2007 Estelle Lebowitz Endowed Visiting Artist
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May Stevens is a pioneering feminist artist, known for her large scale paintings and smaller scale works on paper. Her outlook on society, and consequentially her artwork, was influenced by the poverty and lack of opportunities for women that she witnessed around her.

catalog available for purchase: Credit Card or Check

Portrait of Molly Snyder-Fink behind movie camera

 

MOLLY SNYDER-FINK
2005-2006 Estelle Lebowitz Endowed Visiting Artist

Molly Snyder-Fink is an award-winning documentary filmmaker. Snyder-Fink has been working as a documentary filmmaker for over a decade and has been involved in every aspect of the process from pre to post-production.

catalog available in the CWAH archives, contact womenart@cwah.rutgers.edu

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MIRIAM SCHAPIRO
2004-2005 Estelle Lebowitz Endowed Visiting Artist
nmwa.org

Miriam Schapiro is known as a leader in two art movements: the Feminist Art Movement and the Pattern & Decoration Movement. Schapiro was a painter, sculptor, and a printmaker whose artwork blurs the line between fine art and craft.

catalog available in the CWAH archives, contact womenart@cwah.rutgers.edu

*Learn about the Miriam Schapiro Archives on Women Artists at Rutgers Libraries

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HUNG LIU
2001-2002 Estelle Lebowitz Endowed Visiting Artist
hungliu.com

Known for paintings based on historical Chinese photographs, Hung Liu's subjects over the years have been prostitutes, refugees, street performers, soldiers, laborers, and prisoners, among others. Liu's mature painting style combines historical photographs with imagery and motifs from Chinese painting, as well as objects like ancient Chinese pottery and bronzes. 

catalog available in the CWAH archives, contact womenart@cwah.rutgers.edu

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JUNE WAYNE
2000-2001 Estelle Lebowitz Endowed Visiting Artist
junewayne.gallery

June Wayne, helped to pioneer a revival of fine-art print making in the 1960s when she founded the Tamarind Lithography Workshop in Los Angeles. An accomplished artist in her own right, Wayne's unusual taste in subject matter led to paintings, lithographs and tapestries about DNA structure, atomic fission and organic chemistry.

catalog available in the CWAH archives, contact womenart@cwah.rutgers.edu

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SIRI BERG
1999-2000 Estelle Lebowitz Endowed Visiting Artist
siriberg.com

Siri Berg explores the visual qualities and artistic possibilities inherent in classic literature, musicology, the Kabbalah, found industrial objects, and the careful blending of paints to create wholly unique spectrums of color.

catalog available in the CWAH archives, contact womenart@cwah.rutgers.edu

Portrait of Carolee Schneemann

 

CAROLEE SCHNEEMANN
1999-2000 Estelle Lebowitz Endowed Visiting Artist
caroleeschneemann.com

Carolee Schneemann is an American visual artist, known for her discourses on the body, sexuality and gender. Her work is primarily characterized by research into visual traditions, taboos, and the body of the individual in relationship to social bodies.

catalog available in the CWAH archives, contact womenart@cwah.rutgers.edu