Goddesses “Ruyle” Bloomsburg University’s campus in October

For immediate release: Oct. 11, 2007

BLOOMSBURG — A feminist artist and scholar whose work reflects her belief that life is defined by connections between humans, the world of nature and the world of the spirit will present a free public lecture at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania in conjunction with the annual conference of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Women’s Consortium.

Lydia Ruyle, a scholar and artist specializing in goddesses, will speak on “Herstories of Goddesses Around the Globe” Thursday, Oct. 25, at 8 p.m. in BU’s Carver Hall after presenting the keynote address to open the women’s conference earlier that day. A member of the visual arts faculty of the University of Northern Colorado at Greeley, Ruyle describes herself as “an artist/scholar who has been pursuing goddess research for several decades with my mind, body and spirit.”

“As an artist, I create icons, sacred images of the divine feminine from the many cultures of the world. Since 1995, the icons have become spirit banners which fly around the globe weaving the sacred energies of the divine feminine,” she said. About 50 of her banners will be on display at BU.
Ruyle’s research into the sacred images of women, exhibits of her art, workshops and spiritual pilgrimages have taken her to destinations worldwide.

“Twenty years ago, I began collecting images of women from art history which I teach at the University of Northern Colorado (UNC). I put the images in my art and in 1987 Better Homes & Goddesses was born for National Women’s History Month. The goddesses now number in the hundreds.”

In the UNC course, Herstory of the Goddess, Ruyle focuses on goddesses of the world. Students create their own sacred language and ritual, do creative projects and write their own myths. Earlier this month, Ruyle taught a short course on the goddess at the Iliff School of Theology in Denver, Colo., where more than 40 of her goddess icon spirit banners were on display. Banners also have been exhibited recently in New York; Marin County, Calif.; and Malta.

A longtime friend of BU President Jessica Kozloff, Ruyle holds a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a master of arts from the UNC. She has studied in Italy, France and Spain with Syracuse University and in Indonesia with the Art Institute of Chicago.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Professional Studies, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.