Lorraine Walsh is the Art Director and Curator of the Simons Center for Geometry and Physics, and Visiting Associate Professor of Art at Stony Brook University. She teaches new media and interdisciplinary art and science seminar courses. Lorraine works with fine art animation, interactive art, installation, sound, video, print, and all aspects of drawing.
Lorraine's art is inspired by the sciences, nature, and the environment. Her research in “sci-art” is located in the rich possibilities of the interplay, shared structure, and aesthetic expression intrinsic in natural and creative processes. Lorraine’s work is exhibited internationally in venues that include the State Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki, Greece Biennale; The Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany; and the José Martí National Library, Havana, Cuba. She also lectures internationally and is the recipient of numerous awards and grants. Grants include the e-MobiLArt (European Mobile Lab for Interactive Media Artists Collaborative Project), a Euro initiative tailored around the process for collaboratively creating new media interactive installation artworks. This grant was in association with the University of Athens, University of Lapland, and the University of Applied Arts Vienna. Other grants include working with new media and physics students on a collaborative astronomy grant from the National Science Foundation for the visualization of the radio sky. As an artist and teacher, Lorraine believes in combining digital technologies with traditional practice. Her interdisciplinary and hybrid media art merges time-honored practices in fine art alongside digital methodologies.
Lorraine's appointments include Chair and Associate Professor of New Media at the University of North Carolina Asheville. Previously, she taught at Pratt Institute in Digital Design and Interactive Media. Other academic appointments and guest artist invitations include Drew University, Lafayette College, Parsons Paris, Rutgers University, Vassar College, Wellesley College, Western Carolina University, and the University of Applied Arts Vienna. Lorraine received her BFA from Parsons The New School for Design and MFA from the University of Pennsylvania/Penn Design.
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