Ilene Palant is an award-winning graphic designer, artist and art educator who moved from an exploration of printmaking to photography and sculpture. Always fascinated by the textures and flows of nature, she takes what some would think of as unyielding stone and turns it into forms that beckon to be touched and stroked. She uses these biomorphic forms to symbolize concepts that, at times, are universal to us all but often only realized and discovered on a unique and personal basis.
After a long hiatus from her work as a sculptor, during which time she taught Art in the Massapequa and Oceanside public schools, at SUNY Farmingdale and privately, she was a designer and art director for several advertising agencies and was the design director for the School Public Relations Service of Nassau BOCES, the artist has resumed her passion for sculpture, working primarily with marble.
Ilene graduated from Hofstra University (B.S. in Education) and Adelphi University (M.A. in Studio Art - Graphics) where she studied under Richard Vaux and attended the School of Visual Arts, Parsons School of Design and the Fashion Institute of Technology where she studied under Martin Solomon. She credits David Jacobs at Hofstra for getting her started with sculpture and her studies under Nina Cantrell for her introduction to and training in the use of power tools for stone carving. It opened new worlds.
Represented in collections nationwide, her sculpture, graphics and photography can be seen at the b.j. spoke gallery in Huntington where she exhibits regularly, the Art League of Long Island where she also shows her work and offers a class with personal instruction and at various other venues and juried exhibits throughout the region
I believe that my students should be given the proper tools and skills instruction to enable them to explore, experiment and finally express themselves in whatever medium in which they choose to work. In this case, it is stone. I will provide guidance, direction, encouragement and positive experiences along with constructive criticism — all at my students’ level and based on their needs.
Creativity comes from within. The act of creating art is enjoyable to me in many ways. My ultimate goal is to allow my students to find their own sense of wonder and enjoyment in the art of creating sculpture.