Noted Photographer of Vatican Gardens to Speak, Exhibit Work

MADISON, NJ—Noted artist and photographer Linda Kooluris Dobbs, who spent 27 years photographing the seldom-seen gardens of the Vatican, will speak at Drew University on April 7.  Kooluris Dobbs’ work was recently published in the critically acclaimed book “The Gardens of the Vatican.”  An exhibit of her work will be on display in Drew’s library from April 6 to May 16.

Kooluris Dobbs, a native of New Jersey, holds degrees from Pine Manor College in Massachusetts, the School of Visual Arts in New York and La Sorbonne in France.  Her works have been featured in publications around the world, such as Watercolor Magic Magazine, The National Post, Lilliput Press and the Irish Times Magazine.  Her portraits, photographs and illustrations are also part of the corporate and government collections of The Toronto Stock Exchange, The Ontario Government Art Collection, Mt. Sinai Hospital, Merrill Lynch and the University of Texas at Austin.       

“The Gardens of the Vatican” offers a tour of the lush landscaping that adorns the nerve center of Catholicism.  The book contains photographs and Polaroid transfers of the fountains, parterres and spiritual shrines that exist within the Vatican’s French, English and Persian gardens.  Narratives about Vatican history were written by the photographer’s husband, award-winning essayist and poet Kildare Dobbs.

Kooluris Dobbs’ will appear at Drew on April 7 at 4:00 p.m. in room 28 of the school’s Learning Center.  The exhibit of her work will be in the University Library.  Both the lecture and exhibit are sponsored by Drew’s Italian department.  For more information, please contact Carla Mastropierro at 973/408-3688 or e-mail cmastrop@drew.edu.

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Posted: March 23, 2010