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Helen Berliner’s artistic mentors include painters Philip Pearlstein, Ilya Bolotowsky, and Albert Christ-Janer; the revolutionary “Light, Color, and Design” training of colorist (and Joseph Albers student) Mary Buckley; photographer Bert Stern (and his “Libra” studio); as well as pianist Honora Furtado (Ornstein School of Music, Philadelphia Conservatory of Music); violinist Frank Costello (Philadelphia Orchestra); and most importantly, Tibetan meditation master and artist, Chögyam Trungpa (from 1970 until his death in 1987).

She was adjunct faculty at Naropa University, and also taught at Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Hospital (Denver), State University of New York, and the Rudolph Steiner School (NY). As invited guest lecturer, she has presented at Columbia University, Sarah Lawrence College, New York University, Pratt Institute of Art, and Staten Island Community College (NY); Swarthmore College, Philadelphia's University of the Arts, WAM (Woman Architects of Media), and Unisys Corporation (PA); and internationally, at venues including the Museum of Asian, African, and American Culture (Prague); Dechen Choling (Mas Marvent, France); the International Feng Shui Conference (Zurich); 401 Richmond (Toronto); AIA (American Institute of Architects, Oakland & NY); and, as a senior teacher and teacher trainer, at Shambhala Contemplative Centers in the US, Canada, and Europe.

Her own installation work has been shown in galleries and museums in the US, Canada, Europe, and Australia.

Photo credit: Pam Flasch

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