Preserving the artist's heritage

Libby Newman

Interviewed in 2001
Sponsored by University of the Arts
Christa DiMarco, Infern
Nick Arnold, Videographer
Trish Siembora, Advisor

Artist's Statement:
Born in the country, a scenic but isolated area along the Brandywine River, I learned early in my life to reach inward and to reflect on the beauty of nature around me. In this sense, my work is autobiographical, expressing references to my past and present environments. The look and sound of the ocean, the wetlands, the dance of the trees, the grace of falling leaves, rain, lightening, thaw, and subterranean forces direct my work with infinite motivation. The freedom to explore and the freedom to be inventive are important in my approach to my work. I use imagination as a starting point with texture as an important element, and follow as the work takes on a will of its own. Art requires a great deal of concentration, tranquility, and love.

Selected Collections:
- The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel
- The Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia PA
- National Museum of Belgrade, Yugoslavia
- Museum of Modern Art, Buenos Aires, Argentina
- Tianjin Fine Arts College, Tianjin China
- University City Science Center, Philadelphia PA
- SmithKline Beckman Corporation, Philadelphia PA
- Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture, Karachi, Pakistan
- Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Egypt
- King St. Stephen Museum, Szekesfehervar, Hungary
- Free Library of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA
- Annenberg Rare Books & Manuscript Library, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

Selected Exhibitions:
- Contemporary Museum, Baltimore MD
- Mail Art Traveling Exhibition, Damascus, Syria
- United States Information Agency Traveling Exhibition
- Mangel Gallery, Philadelphia PA
- Tianjin Fine Arts College, Tianjin China
- Musee de Grand Palais, Nouvel Art American, Paris France
- Institute of Contemporary Art, London, England
- Nexus Gallery, Philadelphia PA
- Governor's Home, A Celebration of Pennsylvania Artists, Harrisburg PA
- Focus International, Nairobi, Kenya
- The Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia PA
- Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia PA
- 4th International Artists' Book Exhibition, King St. Stephen Museum, Szekesfehervar, Hungary, 2006 (Book on Global Warming)
- Bibliotheca Alexandrina 2nd International Biennale, Egypt, 2006 (Book on Global Warming)

Selected Awards:
- Citation, Mayor John Street, City of Philadelphia
- Fellowship Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
- Percy M. Owens Award
- Citation of Artistic Merit, Mayor Rendell, City of Philadelphia
- Distinguished Daughter of Pennsylvania, Governor & Mrs. Robert Casey

Selected Professional Experience:
- Curator of Exhibition, Esther M. Klein Art Gallery, University City
Science Center, Philadelphia PA
- Co-Curator, Outdoor Sculpture Exhibitions, Governor's Home, Harrisburg PA
- Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Visual Arts Panelist

- University of the Arts, Philadelphia PA: BFA
- University of Pennsylvania

Contact Information:
2401 Pennsylvania Avenue
Apt. 7B34
Philadelphia PA 19130