Lorraine Walsh

LORRAINE WALSH, Art Director and Curator of The Simons Center for Geometry and Physics, Visiting Associate Professor of Art, M.F.A. University of Pennsylvania/Penn Design.

Lorraine Walsh is an interdisciplinary new media artist and curator with a lifelong passion for creative discovery at the nexus of art and science.

Lorraine’s art, inspired by the sciences, nature, and the environment, is located in the rich possibilities of the interplay, shared structure, and aesthetic expression intrinsic in natural and creative processes. She exhibits her work 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. Lorraine lectures internationally as well, and is the recipient of numerous awards and grants. Grants received include a National Science Foundation grant for researching and animating the visualization of the radio sky, an e-MobiLArt Euro grant (European Mobile Lab for Interactive Media Artists Collaborative Project) tailored for the collaborative creation of new media interactive installation art, and an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowship Award. Additionally, her writing has been published in journals that include the Leonardo Journal/The International Society for the Arts, Sciences and Technology, MIT Press.

As artistic director, curator, and senior exhibition designer, Lorraine’s experience encompasses creating and curating for venues such as the Petrosains Discovery Centre & Science Museum, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; The Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC; and the National Geographic Society.

Lorraine’s academic appointments include Associate Professor and Chair of New Media at the University of North Carolina Asheville, where she created a new pedagogy and curriculum with her colleagues. Previously, she taught at Pratt Institute in the Digital Design and Interactive Media Department in New York. Other academic appointments and guest artist/presenter invitations include Drew University, Lafayette College, Rutgers University, Vassar College, Wellesley College, Western Carolina University, University of Athens Greece, University of Lapland Finland, and the University of Applied Arts Vienna.

Originally from New York City, Lorraine is delighted to return to her ‘hometown’ joining the Stony Brook University community in this unique and distinctive joint position with the Art Department and the Simons Center for Geometry and Physics.