Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies for Studio Art
Beth Grabowski is a Zachary Taylor Smith Distinguished Term Professor and Undergraduate Adviser and Honors Adviser for Studio Art. A member of the faculty since 1985, she has been recognized for her excellence in undergraduate teaching with a Johnston Award in 1993 and a Bowman and Gordon Gray professorship from 1994 to 1997. Professor Grabowski teaches a variety of classes in the department, including undergraduate courses in printmaking, 2-D foundations and book arts and works with graduate students across disciplinary boundaries.
Grabowski holds a B.A. with highest distinction from the University of Virginia and received her MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is the recipient of three North Carolina Arts Council awards: two fellowship awards, and a project grant. Professor Grabowski’s prints, drawings, and artist books are included in numerous public and private collections, including the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Her work has been represented widely in national and international venues including recent exhibitions in China and Russia. In 2005, she organized an international exchange portfolio honoring Käthe Kollwitz. An exhibition of the portfolio opened at the Kollwitz Museum-Berlin in September 2005. In the spring of 2010, she completed residencies at The Frans Masereel Centrum in Kasterlee, Belgium and at the Tom Blaess workshop in Bern, Switzerland.
Grabowski travels frequently as a guest artist / speaker, giving lectures and workshops. She has been actively involved in the Southern Graphics Council, the largest professional organization for print artists, serving as its vice president from 1994-1997.
Grabowski has authored two books on printmaking, the most recent co-authored with Bill Fick (Duke University) is titled Printmaking, a Complete Guide to Materials and Processes. It was published by Laurence King Publishers, London in September 2009. The book has been released in five languages: two English editions (American (Prentice Hall) and British), Spanish (Blume), French (Eyrolles), German and Turkish.
Beth Grabowski’s art explores aspects of identity and relationship experienced from the perspective of motherhood. Issues such as nurturance, sentimentality, expectation, domestic labor, familial hierarchy and family narrative motivate her work. The work frequently exists as a documentation of the process of familial relationship through collaborative works. Her most recent works have utilized the detritus of family life to reflect on these issues.