Lynda Monick-Isenberg



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Every seven years, the Torah commands Jews to cease working the land and to erase any outstanding debts. This mitzvah (Torah commandment) appears in the Torah in three different places – each in a different context: Exodus 23:10-11, Leviticus 25:1-7, and Deuteronomy 15:1-7.

This artwork questions the consequences of our neglecting the commandment. Not resting, not addressing our own spiritual needs and by not doing so not addressing those of the world we have been commanded to keep.



For Immediate Release Contact: David Jordan Harris
April 25, 2012 952-381-3449

Rimon Looks through an Environmental Lens

MINNETONKA – The Rimon Artist Salon Series concludes it 2011-12 season with A Delicate Balance: The Environment, Sustainability, and an Artist’s Voice on Thursday, May 17, 7 p.m., at Traffic Zone Center for Visual Art (250 Third Avenue North, Studio 204, Minneapolis). The Salon is co-sponsored by the Jay Phillips Center for Interfaith Learning at the University of St. Thomas. Curator Roslye Ultan will discuss with artists Lynda Monick-Isenberg and David Feinberg the impact of an environmental sensibility and Jewish tradition on their work. Admission is $8 ($5 for youth under 18).

Care for the earth is a core cultural value deeply grounded in Jewish life and in Judaism’s texts. According to Roslye Ultan, “Artists are witnesses, pioneers, and innovators for imaginative ways of perceiving, communicating, and transforming many of the environmental concerns we are faced with today.” Rimon: The Minnesota Jewish Arts Council has lifted up this encounter with a call for art, inviting visual artists of any background to submit work that responded in an imaginative way to Jewish traditions of sustaining the environment.

Roslye Ultan selected three artists--Feinberg, Monick-Isenberg, as well as noted photographer Ann Ginsburgh Hofkin--to receive cash awards from Rimon and an opportunity to exhibit their work in the installation, Senses and Sensibility: Balance Beauty Belief in the Natural World at the Living Green Expo on May 5 and 6 at the Minnesota State Fair Grounds. Images by four artists whom Ultan selected for Honorable Mention (textile artist Sonya Berlovitz, photographer Brenda Litman, glass artist Bonnie Rubinstein, and multimedia artist Rochelle Woldorsky) will also be on view in an online gallery at

Lynda Monick-Isenberg is Professor of Foundation Studies at the College of Visual Art in St. Paul, where she teaches drawing courses and coordinates CVA’s Teaching Artist Program. She is a founding member of Form + Content Gallery, a gallery collective in downtown Minneapolis, and a member of the Jewish Women’s Artist Circle. As a visual artist working in drawing and weaving, she has exhibited in group and solo exhibitions locally and nationally, installing over 100 large-scale tapestry commissions nationwide. Her work is found in the collections of the Weisman Museum, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, and the Walker Art Center. Her most recent collaborative work with partner Jay Isenberg is rooted in the principles of social justice, raising questions of equity, action, and art’s opportunity to address change.

David Feinberg is a painter and an Associate Professor of drawing and painting in the Art Department at the University of Minnesota for the past forty years. He is also the director of the “Voice to Vision” documentary project, featuring video documentaries that record the process of survivors of genocide working with an interdisciplinary team of diverse student and professional artists to transform their experiences into works of art. These artworks have been displayed nationally in universities, museums, and art centers since 2003. V2V is currently on display at Clark University, Worcester, MA.

Roslye Ultan is Senior Lecturer in the Master of Liberal Studies program at the University of Minnesota as well as Assistant Professor of Art History on the graduate school core faculty and for the M.A. in Graduate Liberal Studies program at Hamline University. Ms. Ultan is an independent curator, consultant, and education lecturer for the tour guide training program at the Walker Art Center. She has curated ten years of the Living Green Expo art exhibition program. A particular area of interest for her is the role of art in environmental education and change.

The Jay Phillips Center for Interfaith Learning is a collaborative enterprise of the University of St. Thomas and Saint John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota. After many years of fostering Jewish-Christian relations, the Center has expanded its mission to promote interfaith learning and friendship among people of various religions.
The 2011-12 Rimon Artist Salon Series, sponsored by Rimon: The Minnesota Jewish Arts Council, an initiative of the Minneapolis Jewish Federation, presents cutting-edge interactive dialogues that delve into important and provocative issues facing our society and examines the critical role the arts play in understanding our world.

The Artist Salon Series is funded in part by the Tychman Shapiro Gallery of the Sabes JCC, the Leo & Lillian Gross Philanthropic Fund, and by appropriations from the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the State’s general fund and from its arts and cultural heritage fund that was created by a vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.

Tickets for the Salon may be reserved by contacting the Rimon office at 952-381-3449,, or online at .