Gail Gelburd, Ph. D. is a Professor in the Art and Art History Department at Eastern Connecticut State University. She teaches courses on Museum Studies, Asian Art, African-American Art, Cuban Art, Japanese art, Photographic history and Contemporary art. She earned a Master of Arts Degree from Ohio State University and her M.Ph. and Ph.D. from the City University of New York Graduate Center. As a writer about art, and someone who creates art, her works cross the boundaries of the disciplines in order to focus on the intersection of art, social issues and spirituality. Her work has recently been included in exhibitions in NewJersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Brooklyn, Colorado and Goa India. It has been reviewed and she has been interviewed in print, online , radio, and television. In her work she tells the stories of floods and poverty, spirituality and the power of nature. Her work has been used as a example of how art can have a message and help a community. For information on her community project go to windhamproject.org.
Dr. Gelburd has curated more than twenty exhibitions in eight countries and 20 states that focus on issues of race, poverty, prejudice and religion. Many of her publications were created to accompany exhibitions such as Bearden in Black and White (Whitney Museum, Abrams Publication) and A Graphic Odyssey: The Prints of Romare Bearden (22 venues and a University of Pennsylvania Press publication). Other work includes exhibitions such as: Paul Robeson: Bearer of a Culture; A Century of Intolerance; The Transparent Thread: Asian Influence in Contemporary Art; Silent Screams from the Russian Underground; Creative Solutions to Ecological Issues; and Art and Psychological Warfare. She has lectured in Cuba, Taiwan, Korea, South Africa, Australia, England, and Wales, and at such major institutions as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Whitney Museum, Brooklyn Museum, College of William and Mary, Williams College, Chicago Art Institute, and Springfield College. The article “John Sloan’s Veiled Art and Politics” appeared in the peer reviewed Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era. Her article, “Beyond the Hype: Cuban art", appeared in Reconstruction: Issues in Contemporary Culture, and an extensive article entitled "Cuba: The Art of Trading with the Enemy" art appeared in Art Journal. Ajiaco: Stirrings of the Cuban Soul, a major exhibition that she curated of more than 50 works of art by 23 artists was on view at the Lyman Allyn Art Museum in New London CT, and the Newark Museum, Newark NJ. The accompanying book has been published by the Hispanic Alliance and University Press of New England. She has received grants for her exhibitions and publications from The Rockefeller Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Massachusetts Cultural Council, State of Connecticut, Ford Foundation and to study in Cuba, Japan and India.
Gelburd also now increasingly has been working with photography and encaustics, and has given workshops on installation art. Her own art work installation was a part of an exhibition entitled Color Your World which traveled to four venues. Her work on the Tsunami of Japan will be featured in an exhibition in New London Ct in 2017. Please see more on her Facebook page.