Hilda Green Demsky
Ms. Demsky began her professional life as a visual artist with a BFA in Painting from Carnegie Mellon University . Three artists that she studied with who strongly influenced her art were Josef Albers, Tony Smith and George Sugarman. Numerous fellowships and residencies have been helpful to her career and to her love of water. The Fulbright (The Netherlands), National Endowment for the Arts (Italy), Christa McAuliffe Fellowship, Puffin Foundation for giving an environmental workshop on detritus in Long Island Sound), Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Ragdale Foundation, Fundacion Valparaiso in Spain, White Artists Colony in Costa Rica and The Saltonstall Foundation in Ithaca.
Some career highlights were an invitational exhibition in Mykonos, Greece focusing on pollution and the marine environment, an exhibition and presentation of her environmental art at the World Fulbright Conference in Budapest, and the exhibition of her waterfall paintings at the Galeria Nacional in Costa Rica (Feb. 2005). For her exhibition at The Rye Art Center, “Sound Effects,” the Westchester County of N.Y. and the Board of Legislators gave a Proclamation to the artist for calling attention to the plight of the polluted Long Island Sound. Some other exhibitions have been at The Westmoreland Museum of Contemporary Art in PA, Pleiades Gallery and Pen & Brush Gallery in New York City , The Meridian International Center in Washington , D.C. and The Arts Center Gallery in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
Hilda taught art at White Plains High School for twenty one years and is on the faculty at Manhattanville College in Purchase, N.Y.
As a member of the International Association of Astronomical Artists (IAAA), Hilda visited and painted in a satellite factory in England , at Stonehenge and at Yellowstone National Park . Some of her earlier cosmos paintings reflect her concern for the growing amount of detritus in outer space.
Her primary reason for painting is to express feelings that are related to nature, to ecological concerns, and to celebrate life
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