The First Billboard by Janet Culbertson
34" x 48" (1987)

Janet Culbertson was born in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, moved to Pittsburgh to attend Carnegie Mellon University, where she graduated with a BFA. She moved to New York City and received an MA from New York University, which enabled her to earn a living teaching college art at Pace University and Pratt Art Institute while continuing to paint.

Her first New York City exhibit was called Elegy to Nature. Since then, she has been painting and drawing the many diverse aspects of the landscape. She is fascinated by our complex love yet exploitation of nature.

During the 1970s she had four one-woman shows in New York City at the Lerner-Heller Gallery; received a C.A.P.S. New York State graphics award and exhibited in a number of group and museum shows; proposed and worked on the HERESIES Ecology Issue #13, along with a group of other concerned women. (Her article on Ecotage, which is dedicated to Rachel Carson, appears in this issue.

In the 1980s she began an ongoing series of "Billboard Paintings" about the vanishing wilderness. During the past years she has working on a series entitled "Industrial Park" -- about the industrialization of the world. These paintings are composed of iridescent pigments and collage debris which mirror industrial waste.

Her “Mythmaker” series of 20 works was shown and acquired by the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Her artworks have been exhibited at the Museo de los Ninos (San Jose, Costa Rica) and the Telfair Museum (Savannah, GA).  Recently she was a recipient of a Pollock/Krasner grant, and in January 2012 exhibited works at the Accola/Griefen Gallery in NYC. The Women’s Art Journal featured her environmental profile (Spring 2011 issue). 
 


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