Beverly Fishman

Join us for an open discussion with educators about the challenges and opportunities that face today’s fine art educators in the new millennium, from the perspective of the head of the MFA program in Painting at Cranbrook Academy of Art for over 18 years.

TEACHERS, PARENTS, STUDENTS:  Art Educator Round Table, Thursday, Jan. 27, 2011, 4-6 p.m. Egan Learning Center, corner of Fourth and Breckenridge, Louisville. Free and Open to the Public. Refreshments served. PANELISTS: Joyce Ogden, Artist and Professor, Spalding University; Cyndi Young, Artist and Art Teacher, Noe Middle School; Hallie Jones, doctoral student at Indiana University, Bloomington; Martin Rollins, Artist and past teacher at University of Louisville, JCPS, Walden School and Governors School for the Arts.

Artist Talk and Reception, Friday, Jan. 28, 6-8 p.m. Actors Theatre of Louisville, Victor Jory Theatre. 6-7 p.m. artist talk, 7-8 p.m. reception. Free and open to the public.

Beverly Fishman is Artist-in-Residence and Head of the Painting Department at Cranbrook Academy of Art. For the past 25 years she has worked as a full-time artist and has dedicated herself to educating young artists. She received her MFA degree from Yale University in 1980 and accepted her first position as adjunct Associate Professor in the Graduate Art School of the College of New Rochelle, New York, in 1983. Fishman began teaching at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore in 1988 and continued both positions until accepting the appointment as Artist-in-Residence at Cranbrook Academy of Art in 1992.
Since 2000, Fishman has been the subject of over a dozen one-person exhibitions in New York, London, Paris, Berlin, Chicago, Los Angeles, St. Louis, and Thessaloniki. Her work has also been featured in a number of group exhibitions dealing with color, conceptual and cultural concerns, technology, and medication.

“My concern with biological and cultural identity has found its visual expression in the imagery of the human cell. Created of collaged pieces of photo-based laser copies and acrylic paint on elliptical plywood forms, my new work uses fragmented images of the body, cells, and cellular structures, which are abstracted into evocative compositions. My visual language is based on the cell’s ability to divide, mutate, and regenerate, and I build on this theme throughout the work. For me, the cell is a powerful symbol of the self.”


Shows: “Infinitesimal Eternity: Making Images in the Face of Spectacle”, at Yale University’s 32 Edgewood Gallery in New Haven, CT;  Op Art: Then and Now,” at the Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, Ohio; “Optical Edge,” at the Pratt Manhattan Gallery in New York, curated by Robert C. Morgan; “Extreme Abstraction,” at the Galerie Jean-Luc et Takako Richard, 2006; “Dreaming of a More Better Future,” at the Cleveland Art Institute Gallery, 2005; “Post-Digital Painting,” at Cranbrook Art Museum, 2003; ;”Go Ask Alice, Post, Los Angeles, 2000; “Prime Focus,” at Illinois State University, Normal, IL, 1998; “Techno Seduction,” at Cooper Union Galleries in New York, 1997; “Colors, Contrasts and Cultures”, at the Discovery Museum, Bridgeport, CT; and “Technology Culture,” at the Erie Art Museum, Erie, PA, 1996.

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