Amara Geffen

Professional Title

Eila V. Bush Endowed Professor of Art (Emeritus)


Community-based Art, Contemporary Art, Ecological Art, Environmental Art, Public Art


B.F.A., University of Cincinnati; M.F.A., Indiana University

Amara Geffen, Allegheny’s Eila V. Bush Professor of Art, has taught at the college since 1982. In 1997, she developed the Arts & Environment initiative, an interdisciplinary arts-based program that provides Allegheny College art students apprenticeship training in the practices of community and environmental art. Through the program, Geffen brings students and community partners together to support collaborative public art projects that emphasize reuse, repurposing, environmental restoration and community revitalization. Her work as an artist focuses on how art can facilitate community,  economic and environmental development and how art can remediate landscapes and places, or transform people.