Art & Ecology
April 12, 2023, Cargill Auditorium
8:00-8:30 Coffee and Registration
8:30-9:30 Presentation and Panel Discussion
9:30-10:30 Interactive natural pigments workshop.
Art and ecology are tightly intertwined. Nature inspires artistic practice. The materials from which art is made often come from chemical compounds that have their roots in both inorganic and organic beings. Artistic practice is based on observation, curiosity, and an openness to trying new things. Scientists can learn a lot from the mindset and approach of artists. Through the interdisciplinary practice of socially engaged art, we aim to bring together people from all backgrounds to wonder, learn, and push the boundaries of ecological, societal, and artistic thinking. How do we view and interact with non-native species? Can we approach grand challenges in climate change and ecological disturbance with a hopeful lens? By collaborating across disciplinary boundaries, people can tackle pressing issues with a more holistic approach.
Maria Park is a PhD candidate in the Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior program at the University of Minnesota. She functions at the intersections of ecology, art, and community engagement.
Kimberly Boustead is a Minneapolis-based artist and designer working with natural materials and interested in connection of people and place.
Christine Baeumler is an environmental artist and a professor in the area of Interdisciplinary Art and Social Practice in the Department of Art, College of Liberal Arts (CLA) Free and open to the public. Registration Required z.umn.edu/visualscience