Doenges Scholar Combines Art and Advocacy

November 6, 2012

A multimedia artist known predominantly for her transformative work “interrupting the waste stream,” is on the Mary Baldwin University campus this week as the 2012 Elizabeth Kirkpatrick Doenges Scholar/Artist for 2012.

Aurora Robson is the Mary Baldwin University Doenges Lecture for 2012

Aurora Robson — who uses plastic debris, excess packaging, and junk mail in her work — is an advocate for plastic pollution awareness and the founding artist of Project Vortex, an international collective of artists, designers, and architects who work with similar materials.

She is on campus all week long, meeting with students and talking with classes. The highlight of her visit — a free, public lecture — will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday in Francis Auditorium.

Robson’s work has been featured in Art in America, Art & Antiques, and recently, the cover of Green Building + Design magazine. She is a recipient of the Pollock Krasner Grant, a New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship in sculpture, and numerous other grants and awards. Robson has exhibited internationally in museums, galleries, and public spaces.

In 1996, the Elizabeth K. Doenges Visiting Artist/Scholar Lecture Series was established in memory of the late Mary Baldwin alumna and trustee Elizabeth “Liddy” Kirkpatrick Doenges ’63. Each year, the program fulfills Doenges’ vision to bring distinguished artists and scholars to campus for an extended visit. The lecture series was made possible by the generous contributions of Doenges’ friends, family, and classmates.