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Philadelphia Artist Diane Burko Discusses New Work, Polar Expeditions


NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – The Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University is pleased to welcome artist Diane Burko for two programs to discuss her work in the current Zimmerli exhibition “Diane Burko: Glacial Perspectives.” On Wednesday, November 6, she presents the illustrated lecture “Freeze Frame: Art and the Cryosphere,” beginning at 6 p.m. Burko also leads a session during the Teacher Workshop “Arctic Visions - Melting Visions” on Thursday, November 7, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Details for both programs are available at

On November 6, Burko discusses the paintings and photographs in her solo exhibition “Glacial Perspectives,” as well as her recent expeditions to Antarctica and the Arctic. She and how she envisions using this new research for future projects. “Freeze Frame: Art and the Cryosphere” is part of the museum’s “Insights: Gallery Talks” series, which takes place on the first Wednesday and second Sunday of the month. The event is free with museum admission. Space is limited; seating is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Details are available at

On November 7, “Arctic Visions - Melting Visions” is offered through the Zimmerli’s popular Teacher Workshop series. Diane Burko and Donna Gustafson, the museum’s Andrew W. Mellon Liaison for Academic Programs and Curator, lead an in-depth tour of “Glacial Perspectives.” Lectures by Rutgers faculty include “Sustainability and Arctic Villages,” with Professor Hal Salzman (Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy), and “The Greenland ice sheet and Arctic climate change,” with Dr. Asa K. Rennermalm (Department of Geography). The fee is $50 per participant, which includes continental breakfast, lunch, and supplies. Teachers receive six professional development credit hours. Space is limited and advance registration is required; details are available at

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Burko’s paintings and photographs in “Glacial Perspectives,” on view through July 31, 2014, reflect her longtime interest in extreme landscapes, as well as her recent pursuits to document the results of climate change on glaciers and the polar caps. For more than 40 years, the artist has focused on monumental and geological phenomena throughout the world: from American scenic icons to volcanoes on four continents.

Beginning in the early 2000s, Burko’s explorations have extended to include snow and ice in increasingly remote locations. “My ‘obsession’ since 2006 is the threat of global warming,” Burko explains. “My practice has been devoted to exploring those issues and interpreting that knowledge through my own aesthetic language articulated with my brush and camera.”

In September, Burko joined other artists and scientists on a voyage to the high Arctic, which was sponsored by the nonprofit organization The Arctic Circle ( The group embarked on the adventure from Longyearbyen, the world’s northern-most town, located only 600 miles from the North Pole. The trip complements Burko’s expedition to Antarctica in early 2013, after which she created oversized prints for inclusion in “Glacial Perspectives.”

“Freeze Frame” and “Arctic Visions - Melting Visions” are part of “Polar Perspectives on Art and Science,” an interdisciplinary series supported by the Zimmerli’s Andrew W. Mellon Endowment Fund and organized with Rutgers colleagues Asa Rennermalm, Department of Geography, and Hal Salzman, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy. Additional partners include the Rutgers Climate Institute, Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences, and Institute for Women and Art. These partnerships are co-sponsored by the Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs (GAIA Centers) as part of the 2013–2015 Biennial Theme: “Global Health!” More information is available at

“Glacial Perspectives” was organized by Donna Gustafson, Andrew W. Mellon Liaison for Academic Programs and Curator, with the assistance of Rutgers students Kelsey Brosnan and Jenevieve DeLosSantos, PhD candidates in the Department of Art History and Andrew W. Mellon Summer Interns at the Zimmerli, and Faye Doelling, Summer Intern, Class of 2014.


Born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1945, Diane Burko ( has had more than 30 solo exhibitions in galleries and museums across the United States and her works are in numerous private and public collections. Her residencies in Giverny, France, and Bellagio, Italy, resulted in two series of paintings that received critical acclaim. She also has received two NEA Visual Arts Fellowships, two Individual Artists Grants from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and a Women’s Caucus for Art/College Art Association Lifetime Achievement Award. For more than 30 years, Burko was a professor of fine arts at the Community College of Philadelphia. In addition, she has taught at such institutions as Princeton University and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, as well as lectured at museums and university galleries across the country. She holds a B.S. in art history and painting from Skidmore College and an M.F.A. from the Graduate School of Fine Arts of the University of Pennsylvania, where she also studied painting. Burko lives and works in Philadelphia and Bucks County, Pennsylvania.


The Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum houses more than 60,000 works of art, ranging from ancient to contemporary art. The permanent collection features particularly rich holdings in 19th-century French art; Russian art from icons to the avant-garde; Soviet nonconformist art from the Dodge Collection; and American art with notable holdings of prints. In addition, small groups of antiquities, old master paintings, as well as art inspired by Japan and original illustrations for children’s books, provide representative examples of the museum’s research and teaching message at Rutgers. One of the largest and most distinguished university-based art museums in the nation, the Zimmerli is located on the New Brunswick campus of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Established in 1766, Rutgers is America’s eighth oldest institution of higher learning and a premier public research university.SUPPORT

The Zimmerli’s operations, exhibitions, and program are funded in part by Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, and income from the Avenir Foundation Endowment, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Endowment, and the Voorhees Family Endowment, among others. Additional support comes from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts; the Estate of Victoria J. Mastrobuono; and donors, members, and friends of the museum.


The Zimmerli Art Museum is located at 71 Hamilton Street at George Street on the College Avenue campus of Rutgers University in New Brunswick. The Zimmerli is a short walk from the NJ Transit train station in New Brunswick, midway between New York City and Philadelphia.


Museum hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m., and the first Wednesday of each month (except August), 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Z Café featuring the Food Architects is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with a variety of breakfast, lunch, and snack items. The museum is closed Mondays, major holidays, and the month of August.


Admission is $6 for adults; $5 for 65 and over; and free for museum members, children under 18, and Rutgers students, faculty, and staff (with ID). Admission is free on the first Sunday of every month. For more information, call 848.932.7237 or visit the museum’s website:


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