Anne Dushanko Dobek, Secretary
Anne Dushanko Dobek is an artist/activist whose multidisciplinary installations reference issues of social justice and or the environment. Often located in alternative venues including oceans, forests and fields, the artist’s work invites social engagement as well as conversations on the status of women and refugees in an increasingly dangerous world.
A graduate of Pratt Institute (MS) and Rowan University (BS), the artist’s work on social justice issues has been recognized by grants from the Puffin Foundation, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, Chashama and New Jersey State Council for the Arts Fellowships in 1982, 1985 and 2012.
An educator for over twenty years, Dushanko Dobek is a frequent lecturer on topics congruent with her art production: “Art as Social Commentary” and “Artist in the Rainforest.” The latter reflects a lifelong passion for entomology and her volunteer work with scientists in Costa Rican rainforests. These efforts have been supported by fellowships from both Earthwatch and the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation.
Fellowships at art colonies (such as i-Park, Vermont Studio Center, Virginia Center for the Visual Art, Moulin au Nef and Long Beach Island Foundation and others) have allowed Dushanko Dobek to create some of her more ambitious outdoor installations, including integrating light and sound into her decades-long Parallel Migrations series.
She has exhibited extensively both nationally and internationally, in locations that include the Musee Cantonal des Beaux Arts in Switzerland, the Gulbenkian Foundation, the Museum of Art and Design in New York, High Museum, Newark Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum and other venues. Solo exhibitions include The Bauhaus Pavilion in Berlin Germany, Chashama, Montclair Art Museum, Monmouth Museum, Pen and Brush, and Windows on White.
Dushanko Dobek’s work is in numerous collections including the Montclair Art Museum, Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of Art and Design, National Museum of American Art, Noyes Museum, Library of the Museum of Modern Art, NYC and the Victoria and Albert Museum.
She is a member of the Women’s Caucus for the Arts, New Jersey Coalition Against Human Trafficking, Feminist Art Project, North American Butterfly Association, Book Arts Symposium, Printmaking Council Of NJ and Lepidopterists Society.