Gail Gelburd, Ph. D. is Professor of Art History in the Visual Arts Department at Eastern Connecticut State University where she teaches courses on Asian, African-American, Cuban, and Contemporary art. She earned a Master of Arts Degree from Ohio State University and her M.Ph. and Ph.D. from the City University of New York Graduate Center. Dr. Gelburd won the Teaching Excellence Award for the University in 2008. She was Chair of the Department from 2008-2012.
Dr. Gelburd has curated more than twenty exhibitions that appeared in eight countries. She has written for numerous publications. Her scholarship focuses on non-Eurocentric contemporary art and the intersection of art, politics, and spirituality. Her books on Romare Bearden include Bearden in Black and White and A Graphic Odyssey. Other work includes exhibitions: Paul Robeson: Bearer of a Culture, A Century of Intolerance, and Color Your World. Publications include The Transparent Thread: Asian Influence in Contemporary Art; Silent Screams from the Russian Underground; Creative Solutions to Ecological Issues; and Art and Psychological Warfare. She has lectured in Cuba, Taiwan, Korea, South Africa, Australia, England, and Wales, and at such major institutions as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Whitney Museum, Brooklyn Museum, College of William and Mary, Williams College, Chicago Art Institute, and Springfield College. The article “John Sloan’s Veiled Art and Politics” appeared in the peer reviewed Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era in 2007. She has received numerous grants and awards, such as a Rockefeller Foundation grant to study Cuban art. Dr. Gelburd received a fellowship in 2008 to study Jain art in India. She has since lectured in India and given workshops on contemporary art. She has also exhibited her photographs of India. These will be included in an exhibition in India in 2014.
Her recent article, “Beyond the Hype: Cuban Art,” appeared in Reconstruction: Issues in Contemporary Culture and an extensive article entitled “Cuba: The Art of Trading with the Enemy” appeared in the prestigious Art Journal in Spring 2009. Ajiaco: Stirrings of the Cuban Soul, a major exhibition that she curated of more than 50 works of art by 23 artists was on view at the Lyman Allyn Art Museum in New London, Connecticut, Hilliard Museum in Louisiana, and the Newark Museum in New Jersey. The accompanying book is published by the University Press of New England. Her most recent research has involved working in Japan since the Tusnami. She has been working with artists and curators, while also documenting the shrines destroyed as well as the new ones created in the Tohoku region of Japan.