CORVALLIS, Ore. - Internationally regarded New York-based artist Luba Lukova will give a lecture at on Wednesday, Oct. 21, at Oregon State University's Memorial Union Joyce Powell Leadership Room.

Her lecture, which begins at 6 p.m., will be followed by a reception and portfolio signing. This is the opening lecture of the Department of Art's Visiting Artist and Scholar 2009-10 Series.

Lukova is regarded as one of the most distinctive image-makers working today. Whether by using an economy of line, color and text to pinpoint essential themes of the human condition or to succinctly illustrate social commentary, her work is powerful and thought-provoking.

A recent review in The Boston Globe observed: "Luba Lukova's posters and illustrations have punch, and they are laced with such feeling that they often merit a second look. Her work doesn't wrestle with the classic riddles of high art. It is, as graphic art should be, strong and pithy but its messages are not always simple."

In January 2009, one of Lukova's posters was in a prestigious exhibit at the Inauguration of President Barack Obama in Washington, D.C.

Lukova has won many awards including ICOGRADA Excellence Award, Grand Prix Savignac at the International Poster Salon, the Golden Pencil Award at the One Club, New York, and many others. Lukova's work is included in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, The Library of Congress in Washington, DC and Bibliotheque Nationale de France.

"Social Justice and Other Works," an exhibit of original illustrations by Lukova, is on exhibit in Fairbanks Hall. The exhibition includes a wide range of work including Lukova's critically acclaimed Social Justice poster series. The exhibit ends on Nov. 4. Fairbanks Gallery is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Andrea Marks, 541-737-5014