Greensburg, PA, 1933
Oil Tank Farm: Oil, mixed media, pastel, Hoyt National Art Show Purchase Award 1995
Born in Greensburg, PA, in 1933, Janet Culbertson is a pioneering eco-feminist artist. She attended Carnegie Mellon University and earned her Master’s Degree at NYU. She had her first solo exhibit in New York City in 1969. During the 1970’s Culbertson had four one-woman shows in New York City, received a C.A.P.S. NY state award and wrote and edited for Heresies magazine. Since that time, Culbertson has received grants from The Pollack-Krasner Foundation, The Vogelstein
Foundation and The Puffin Foundation and has exhibited her work at such significant institutions as The National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington DC. Culbertson has work in the permanent collections of museums including National Academy of Sciences, Washington D.C.; Hunterdon Art Museum, NJ; National Museo de los Ninos, San Jose, Costa Rica; Telfair Museum, Savannah, GA; Library of Congress, Washington, DC; Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA; Long Island Museum of Art, Stony Brook, NY; National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC; St. Petersburg Museum of Art, St Petersburg, FL; Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ; Guild Hall Museum, East Hampton, NY and Islip Museum, East Islip, NY among others.
“My work is fueled by the constant news barrage 24/7 of both natural and/or contrived disasters of the day. When possible, I take trips to experience first-hand the sustaining power of nature amidst the evidence of humanity’s destructive impact. I feel that art, whether beautiful or provocative, can be a force for creating a greater ecological awareness of our threatened world.”
Photograph of the artist from 27East.com. Biography excerpts are from accolagriefen.com and janetculbertson.com