Ilene Berman is a St. Louis-based sculptor with a socially engaged arts practice aimed at addressing issues of social justice. Her practice is based on her belief that art can (and should) change the world. She understands change to be the result of small shifts often inspired by simple artful gestures. For the past seven years her practice has primarily been focused on addressing St. Louis’ Delmar Divide by becoming a catalyst for arts initiatives with neighborhood residents and businesses in order to challenge the embedded negative narrative of life, north of Delmar. Her most recent creation, Room13Delmar, is a tricycle-based mobile art studio. Ilene has a Masters of Fine Arts degree in Sculpture from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and is a Fellow in the Fine and Performing Arts Department of Saint Louis University. Her work has been featured in Alive Magazine, Sculpture Magazine, St. Louis American, St. Louis Beacon, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, on the BBC and is a part of the Arte Util Archive.
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