Lynne Avadenka has been an involved member of the Detroit arts community for many years, and in 2013 was named director of Signal-Return, a community letterpress print shop. In 2016 she was awarded a Career Achievement Award from the Department of Fine and Performing Arts of Wayne State University, where she received her BFA and MFA. Avadenka has received numerous awards including a Kresge Fellowship in 2009 and individual artist grants from The National Endowment for the Arts and the Michigan Council on Arts and Cultural Affairs. Residencies and teaching opportunities have taken place in Germany, Israel, New Hampshire, North Carolina, New York and Oregon. Her work is exhibited and collected internationally, including The New York Public Library; The Jewish Museum, NYC; The Detroit Institute of Arts, The British Library, London; The Israel Museum, Jerusalem; The Library of Congress, The Meermano Museum, The Hague, The Netherlands; Yeshiva University Museum, NYC; The Watson Library at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Lynne Avadenka is a visual artist, a printmaker, a maker of books, a conceptualist, a realist, rooted in tradition, and modern. Central to her creative practice is her deep respect for, and close relationship to, books. It is nothing short of love: passionate, an ongoing thoughtfulness and inquiry as to what constitutes the book, its structure, essence, and the experiential nature of its form. Her relationship with books is intimate, an idealistic quest to know everything one can possible know about this unlikely dog-eared life’s companion…considering its spiritual origins, mits physicality, and its enormity in our lives despite our awareness of impermanence.
Amanda Krugliak, curator of Lynne's 2013 solo exhibition
at The University of Michigan Institute for the Humanities