Elizabeth Olbert

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Title Part-Time Faculty
Telephone 207.778.7002

Elizabeth Olbert has degrees in Painting and Critical Theory from Boston’s Museum School and New York University. Following a successful career as a New York gallery artist, she is pursuing investigations in critical writing. Olbert’s critical perspective is Marxian, with an approach to visual language based in a contemporary understanding of the Frankfort School tradition. Olbert is currently collaborating on an artists’ book project, funded by Penn State University, with Penn State printmaker Jean Sanders. This book, The Tendency of Nature, reexamines the ideas of 19th century anarchist and naturalist Pyotr Kropotkin in light of contemporary socioeconomic realities, and illustrates its observations with visual explorations of the social lives of horses.


  • 1992 PhD Painting/Critical Theory, New York University