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Lisa Beth Robinson

School of Art and Design: Foundations
Jenkins Fine Arts Center 204
Mail stop: 502 School of Art
East Carolina University
Greenville, NC 27858
Tel.# (252)328-5480; fax # (252)328-6441

Lisa Beth Robinson is an assistant professor in Foundations. Courses taught include Design One, Design Two, Independent Study, and Book Arts One and Two. She holds graduate teaching faculty status and serves on thesis committees across the disciplines. Her work has most recently been published in the books For the Love of Letterpress: A Printing Handbook for Instructors and Students (2013), and 500 Handmade Books, Volume 2 (2013).  

Upcoming 2014 events include an invitational exhibition on pollinators at Blue Spiral 1 Gallery in Asheville, NC, printing a broadside for North Carolina poet laureate Joseph Bathanti, hand papermaking in Stevens Point, WI, and completion of a chapbook for award-winning poet Landon Godfrey. Additionally, Robinson has been awarded a fellowship by the Jentel Artist Residency Program. The program brings together an elite group of just six artists -- two writers and four visual artists -- for four weeks at the Jentel Foundation facility in the Piney Creek Valley of Wyoming.

Recent interdisciplinary programming included the HONEY exhibition (, which focused on Colony Collapse Disorder, Art, and Social Change; a lecture and workshop by visiting artist and paper engineer Matt Shlian (spring 2013); and a collaborative letterpress project with visiting Affrilachian poet Crystal Good (fall 2013).

Statement of research activities and interests:
There are two divergent and complementary themes in my current research. The first involves transforming the idea of a book, breaking down the structure and page to shift and examine the reading experience. The primary media I use are alternative book structures (unconventional folds, invented bindings), handmade paper, letterpress printing, historic pattern, and organic/found objects. 

The second is of a more scientific bent, researching and making work that responds to Colony Collapse Disorder (phenomenon of abrupt apiary disappearance which began in 2006), its social/economic implications, and demonstrating how art can work toward social change and serve as a problem-solving mechanism. The artwork proposes metaphors and connections between seemingly disparate elements of the problem with the hope that a solution will be found in/inspired by viewers' observation and understanding of these correlations. This work uses similar materials as the books but is presented in a traditional two-dimensional, fine art format.

The unity between these themes is my work to represent connections between interpersonal, sociopolitical, and environmental relationships, and to deepen the visual and verbal experience of reading.

She is also the proprietor of Somnambulist Tango Press where she makes artists books (letterpress, papermaking, printmaking), broadsides, and fine art. Her work may be viewed at:

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