Fishman first up in Fox School’s Public Lecture Series

Beverly Fishman, head of the painting department at the Cranbrook Academy of Art, will launch the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts’ spring Public Lecture Series at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 22.

Fishman is a pioneering painter whose work combines abstraction with the exploration of science, technology and medicine.

Her latest work, featured in the exhibition “Beverly Fishman: New Paintings” at Bruno David Gallery Jan. 23-Feb. 28, is a vibrant barrage of information derived from and alluding to charted systems and functions of the natural universe.

She utilizes materials from paint and silkscreen to polished and powder-coated metal to manipulate light and color, illuminating themes addressing abstraction, technology, medicine and the body.

Fishman earned a bachelor of fine arts from the Philadelphia College of Art in 1977 and a master’s in fine arts from Yale University in 1980.

She taught at the College of New Rochelle in New York, the Maryland Institute College of Art and Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., where she has served as head of the painting department since 2002.

Since 2000, Fishman has had more than a dozen one-person exhibitions at galleries in New York, London, Paris, Berlin, Chicago and Los Angeles. Recent shows include “Beverly Fishman: Optical Unconscious” at the Tarble Arts Center, Eastern Illinois University; “Op Art: Then and Now” at the Columbus Museum in Ohio; and “Dreaming of a More Better Future” at the Cleveland Art Institute Gallery.

Fishman has been awarded many honors, including a Guggenheim Fellowship (2005), a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award (2003) and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship (1989).

Her work has been reviewed and profiled in numerous art journals and scholarly publications and appears in public collections at the Columbus Museum of Art, the Cranbrook Art Museum, the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Stamford Museum & Nature Center, the United Nations Embassy in Istanbul, Life Sciences Institute at the University of Michigan and the MacArthur Foundation.

All talks in the Public Lecture Series are free, open to the public and presented at 6:30 p.m. in Steinberg Hall Auditorium unless otherwise noted.

A 30-minute reception is held prior to each lecture.

For more information, call 935-9300 or visit

The Public Lecture Series schedule:

Jan. 30. Saarinen Exhibition Lecture. Billie Tsien and Tod Williams, partners, Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects, New York. 4 p.m., Steinberg Auditorium.

Feb. 2. Coral Courts Lecture. Lindy Roy, founder, ROY Co., New York.

Feb. 16. Distinguished Alumni Lecture. David Dowell, principal & director of business development, el dorado inc, Kansas City, Mo.

Feb. 18. Yuko Shimizu, artist.

Feb. 23. Steinberg Rededication Lecture. Fred Tomaselli, artist. 4 p.m., Steinberg Auditorium.

March 2. W. J. T. Mitchell, Ph.D., the Gaylord Donnelley Distinguished Service Professor of English and Art History, University of Chicago. “The Future of the Image.”

March 16. Stanley Saitowitz, senior partner/design principal, Stanley Saitowitz/Natoma Architects Inc., San Francisco.

March 18. Brett Cook, artist. “Collaborative Aesthetics: A Dialogue about Community and Soul With Brett Cook.”

March 23. James Polshek, senior design counsel, Polshek Partnership Architects, New York.

March 30. Brad Cloepfil, founder/principal, Allied Works Architecture, Portland, Ore.

April 2. Freund Fellow Lecture, co-sponsored by the Saint Louis Art Museum. Claudia Schmacke, artist, Henry L. and Natalie E. Freund Teaching Fellow. 7 p.m., Saint Louis Art Museum.

April 3. Andreas Huyssen, the Villard Professor of German and Comparative Literature, Columbia University. “Urban Imaginaries, the Modernist Miniature, and the Feuilleton.” Presented with the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures in Arts & Sciences, 4 p.m. Duncker Hall, Room 201, Hurst Lounge.

April 3. Lorcan O’Herlihy, AIA, founder/principal, Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects, Culver City, Calif.

April 6. Paul Monaghan, partner, Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, London.

April 20. Marianne Burkhalter & Christian Sumi, partner, burkhalter sumi architekten, Zurich.