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Sara Lubinski ’83

| Glen Mabie

Sara Lubinski ’83, a UW-Eau Claire biology graduate, has combined her passions for art and the environment to create an art exhibit that is currently traveling throughout Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Lubinski’s exhibit, “River Sojourn: A Painter’s Portfolio of the Mississippi River Blufflands,” is a collection of more than 40 paintings she spent two years creating.

“The project is an effort to create a coherent, powerful and beautiful body of work about a most important subject: the Earth, in general, and the Mississippi River Blufflands, also known as the Driftless Area, in particular,” Lubinski said.

Lubinski came to UW-Eau Claire to study art but ended up majoring in biology. She also received a master of science degree in biology from UW-Eau Claire in 1987. She spent several years working as a botanist with the U.S. Geological Survey, but her love of art led her to switch careers in 2012.

“It finally made sense to me that I didn’t need to separate art and science,” Lubinski said. “In fact, my inspiration to paint was deepened by my understanding of the environment.”

Lubinski’s “River Sojourn” exhibit will travel to several Midwest locations through 2016. For details, visit her website at