Shirley Luber

1947

Fashion Illustration

 I am a specialist on antique and contemporary Japanese graphics. I began my career with a brief turn in the Art Department of The Washington Post. Following this, I spent nine years in Geneva, Switzerland, living with my husband and daughter, where I studied painting while continuing to work as a commercial artist. Upon the family’s return to the US, I created ecclesiastical needlepoint designs for churches and synagogues. 

In the 1970s, a trip to Japan inspired me and my husband, Gilbert, to study and collect antique and contemporary Japanese prints. This collection formed the foundation for the Gilbert Luber Gallery we opened in 1976 – the first of its kind in the Philadelphia area. Though the gallery closed in the late 1990s, I still travel to Japan and sell prints from my home and through my website. I also organize exhibitions of selected work from the collection, most recently at Midori Gallery, Coconut Grove, FL, and at the Arthur Ross Gallery, University of Pennsylvania. I am the president of Japan Group II, an organization interested in Japanese arts and culture, and am a member of the Japan American Society of Greater Philadelphia. I am an active member and curator of several exhibitions at the Cosmopolitan Club, Philadelphia, and a volunteer at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. At Moore, I am a board member of the Alumnae Association, and have lectured about Japanese prints and shared my expertise with students. I also serve on the Advisory Board of The Art Shop at Moore.