Guest Speaker Visualizes Social Justice Through Art
Jan. 26, 2017
BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— Luba Lukova, an acclaimed contemporary artist known for tackling social justice issues, will
speak at Illinois Wesleyan University on Tuesday, Feb. 6 at 6 p.m. at the Joyce G.
Eichhorn Ames School of Art Building (6 Ames Plaza West, Bloomington) in Room 218.
With bold colors, minimalist style and powerful messages, Lukova’s artwork highlights
concerns regarding income inequality, oppression of women, military stockpiling and
other pressing dilemmas in our world today. She is speaking in conjunction with an exhibit on display in IWU's Merwin Gallery through Feb. 22, "Women's Rights Are Human Rights: International
Posters on Gender-based Inequality, Violence and Discrimination.”
Lukova’s work is prominently featured across the country, from the Library of Congress
in Washington, D.C., to the Museum of Modern Art in New York, her hometown after immigrating
from Bulgaria. Lukova first became a notable figure in the world of art when in 2008
she released a portfolio titled Social Justice, which made such an impact that the
portfolio was featured at an art exhibition for President Obama’s first inauguration.
Since then, she has earned international honors, such as the Grand Prix Savignac at
the International Poster Salon in Paris, the Gold Pencil from The One Club in New
York, and Honor Laureate at the International Poster Exhibition in Fort Collins, Colorado.
Galleries from around the world have featured her pieces, and she has received commissions
from Harvard University, Canon, and Time magazine, as well as several other notable
Lukova’s global audience lends itself to the global topics she faces in her art. Whether
a piece comments on health coverage or immigration, her art’s straightforwardness
leaves a strong emotional impression that can express “essential themes of humanity,”
according to her website. Critics have said her style aims to strike feelings of pain
and outrage, which can potentially breathe a new sense of urgency into problems that
sometimes seem too distant or too overwhelming to solve.
By Rachel McCarthy ‘21