ATLANTA—The College of the Arts at Georgia State University congratulates Pam Longobardi on her appointment as Regents’ Professor, an honor reserved for truly distinguished faculty whose creative and scholarly achievements are recognized nationally and internationally as innovative and renowned. Awarded by the University System of Georgia’s Board of Regents for her sustained and outstanding record in creative activity and instruction, Professor Longobardi continues to provide substantial contributions in service to her artistic discipline and to Georgia State University and will retain this prestigious appointment for an initial term of three years. Professor Longobardi is the first faculty member from the newly-formed College of the Arts to receive this distinction.
First honored with the Distinguished University Professorship in 2014, Professor Longobardi continues to demonstrate creative excellence in her field. A professor of art at Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design since 1997, her artistic and scholarly practice is centered around the Drifters Project, a collaborative interdisciplinary project she created in 2006 that highlights the impact of marine debris and plastics pollution. An arts activist, she creates art from thousands of pounds of debris collected during personal clean-up interventions and re-contextualizes it for artistic examination with an environmental emphasis.
Among her many major accomplishments, she spearheaded a major symposium at Georgia State in 2015, The Plastic Gyre, bringing together more than thirty notable experts in various fields to discuss environmental and wildlife hazards and public health issues posed by plastics that end up in the ocean and to propose collaborative solutions.
Recently, Longobardi exhibited a solo show as part of the Telfair Museums’ Contemporary Spotlight series (Savannah, GA), accompanied by a slate of events designed to generate conversation with the work and the artist. She also curated and appeared in a group show, Anthropocene Island, for LES Gallery at The Clemente in New York City.
Professor Longobardi has had over 40 solo exhibitions and 65 group exhibitions in galleries and museums worldwide, and was the 2013 recipient of $50,000 Hudgens Prize, one of the nation’s largest awards given to an individual artist. Her work currently resides in the permanent collections of the High Museum of Art in Georgia and the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Arkansas.
To read more about Professor Longobardi, please visit: https://artdesign.gsu.edu/profile/pamela-longobardi/