Jan Piribeck is a Professor of Art at the University of Southern Maine. She has an MFA from Northern Illinois University in Painting and Drawing where she also studied Computer Imaging. For over a decade her work has been based upon an amalgamation of Art and Geographic Information Science. She contributed to the development of the digital art curriculum offered by the USM Art Department, where she has taught design, digital art and drawing since 2000.
Prior to her arrival at USM, Professor Piribeck was an Associate Professor of Art and Gallery Director at the University of Maine at Farmington. Additionally, she has been a visiting artist/professor at schools of Art, Architecture, Design and Engineering in China, France, Germany and Latvia
Professor Piribeck’s current research and creative activity brings together the arts and humanities with the sciences and technology to raise awareness of sea level change. She is the Director for Envisioning Change, a project that engages artists, scientists, community members and students in visualizing sea level change and its impact on Portland, Maine and Casco Bay. Additionally, she is a founding member of the King Tide Party artists’ collective, whose work centers on public observations and interactions with high annual tides.
Professor Piribeck has worked with other Portland artists on the following collaborations: The Last Smelt Shack, an installation presented for the Appearances Eco-Arts Festival in Cape Cod, Massachusetts; METADIVERS: Worlds Beneath the Waves, a personal response to sea level change presented at Zero Station, Portland Maine (funded by a Maine Arts Commission Good Idea Grant) and Blue Wrap Wave, a chain link fence mural commissioned by the city of Portland’s Art At Work/Meeting Place program. Meeting Place received support through a National Endowment for the Arts Our Town grant.