Meet Professor Linda Herritt

Dyson Digital Digest
Fall 2006

New Chair of the Fine Arts Department

“I am very excited about the new Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fine Arts and about working with the faculty in the program, who I respect as artists and educators,” says Linda Herritt, new chair of the Fine Arts Department. “And we’re eager to see this new program blossom.”

Herritt specializes in sculptural installation - an environment, based on immersion, which can be entered, not merely viewed from its perimeter. “It’s an inviting, more interactive art experience,” she explains.

Her work combines aspects of landscape painting with topographic maps and scientific diagrams. Her installations present nature reconstituted from information and reanimated via consumer electronics. Special effects equipment, motors and electronic devices simulate changes in weather and other natural phenomena. As a sort of conceptualism in reverse, information morphs into experience and spectacle, linking nature to escape, danger, and the sublime. In a similar vein, her recent drawings combine media images of natural disasters with computer-generated topography and excerpts from Chinese landscape paintings, collapsing representations of the natural world with radically different purposes into unified hybrid images. >> View her work on the fine arts Web site.

Eager to get to know students, Herritt says, “I encourage students to feel free to stop by my office and say hello.” The department is hosting a reception/pizza party for the visiting Italian students (part of the exchange program in the Mugello) and information session for students on November 3 in 41 Park Row, Room 1201, from 4-6 pm, to learn more about the new BFA, and meet Professor Herritt and exchange students from Italy.

Rich with solo exhibitions and group exhibitions, Herritt’s background also is replete with journal article publications, as well as extensive teaching and administrative experience. Most recently, she chaired the Visual and Performing Arts Department at The New School for General Studies in New York City.

Herritt studied art and art history at Ohio State University (BFA) and the University of Montana (MFA). She has taught studio art at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and The New School, New York. Her work has been exhibited at Pierogi, the Drawing Center, and Ace Gallery in New York, the San Francisco Art Institute, the Denver Museum of Contemporary Art, and Galeria OMR in Mexico City. Awards include a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Sculpture, a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Award, the Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation, Space Program Award, and residencies at the MacDowell Colony, Art Omi, and The Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation.




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Linda Herritt

"I encourage students to feel free to stop by my office and say hello."
-- Linda Herritt