Pam Longobardi’s parents, an ocean lifeguard and the Delaware state diving champion, connected her from an early age to the aquatic. She moved to Atlanta in 1970 and saw her neighborhood pond drained to build the high school she attended. Since then, she lived for varying time periods in Wyoming, Montana, California, and Tennessee, and worked as a firefighter and tree planter, a scientific illustrator and an aerial mapmaker, a collaborative printer and a color mixer. Her artwork involves painting, photography and installation to address the psychological relationship of humans to the natural world.
She has exhibited widely across the US and in Greece, Monaco, Germany, Finland, Slovakia, China, Japan, Italy, Spain, Belgium, Costa Rica and Poland. She currently lives and works in Atlanta as Regents’ Professor, Distinguished University Professor, and Professor of Art at Georgia State University. In 2006, after witnessing the vast amounts of oceanic plastics on remote Hawaiian shores, she founded the Drifters Project. Longobardi is a conceptual artist grounded in modalities of forensic investigation, action, collaborative process and social practice.