Gail Gelburd, Ph. D. is Professor of Art History in the Art & Art History 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 and has authored numerous publications. Her scholarship focuses on non-Eurocentric contemporary art and the intersection of art, politics, and spirituality. She is the author of two books on Romare Bearden, Bearden in Black and White and A Graphic Odyssey. Other 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, India, 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. She is the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including a Rockefeller Foundation grant to study Cuban art and a fellowship to study Jain art in India. Her photographs of India were included in an exhibition in India in 2014. Her 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.