2009-02-05 / News

Artic artist speaks at next art museum lecture

Artist Lucia deLeiris finds inspiration in the extreme conditions she encounters in the beautiful landscapes of Antarctica and the Arctic. Her work is featured in the exhibition, "Icescapes: Impressions from the Polar Regions," on view through March 29 at the Newport Art Museum.

DeLeiris will share some of her polar experiences as the featured Winter Lecture Series speaker this Saturday, Feb. 7, at the Newport Art Museum.

"An Artist's Journey to the Ends of the Earth" is the 2009 honorary Cora Lee Gibbs Lecture. The lecture begins at 2 p.m. in the museum's Griswold House at 76 Bellevue Ave., Newport.

The cost is $8 for Newport Art Museum members and $12 for non-members. A tea reception follows.

DeLeiris took three trips to Antarctica as part of the National Science Foundation's Artist and Writer's Program, painting and illustrating in the areas around Palmer Station on the Antarctic Peninsula, and later, in the Ross Sea region near McMurdo Station, and passed six more seasons there on an expedition icebreaker. She has traveled to the Arctic twice with Quark Expeditions.

Lucia deLeiris spent summers in Newport while growing up. She holds a bachelor of science in zoology from the University of Maryland and is a member of numerous scientific and art associations. In 2005, Congress awarded deLeiris the Antarctic Service Medal and she has been the recipient of three National Science Foundation grants to paint on that continent. She has illustrated more than 20 books and magazine articles and her work has been exhibited at the Harvard Museum of Natural History, the National Science Foundation, the Smithsonian Museum and the Newport Art Museum.

The Newport Art Museum is hosting its 82nd season of winter lectures in February with an informative line-up of speakers and topics.

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