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Former Geneva professor creates art despite vision impairment

ELLWOOD CITY — Lynda McKinney Lambert is proof that art is more than about vision.

Lambert, who is legally blind, recently received another award recognizing her full spectrum of creativity. She won first prize for “Evening Vespers,” a piece of jewelry she entered in the InSights 21 art competition.

"Evening Vespers," a piece of jewelry designed by Lynda Lambert, recently took first place in the InSights 21 art competition.

The judges said, “We are grateful for your entry and excited to share your work with the world.”

A passion for art has always been a force in Lambert’s life. The retired professor of fine arts and humanities at Geneva College, Lambert’s creative nonfiction, essays and poetry have been featured in anthologies, academic books and journals, as well as literary magazines. She is also the author of the “Concerti: Psalms for the Pilgrimage.”

In 1976, Lambert opened her studio, River Road, and exhibited her paintings at juried shows in the United States and abroad. You can also learn more about Lambert at her two blogs, “SCANdalous” and Linda Lambert website.

Lynda Lambert, a retired Geneva College professor, has not let vision impairment keep her from creating art.

Lambert creates art as a painter, writer, mixed fiber and sculptor, and does it all visually impaired.

On New Year’s Day in 2007, Lambert woke up with blurred vision and assumed she was unable to focus because her eyes needed a rest. Eventually, she was diagnosed with Ischemic Optic Neuropathy, which meant she would not regain sight in that eye.

She led her Geneva College students on an art and literature tour of Europe, not letting on that she was struggling to see. In October of that year, Lambert left for a sabbatical to explore the writings and visual art of Hildegard of Bingen and investigate the ideas of adornment for medieval women. While studying at museums in New York, Lambert lost the sight in her other eye and returned home.