from Brushstroke to Bulldozer to Biodiversity
A public symposium on Art and Environmentalism at Drew University
Presented by the Andrew W. Mellon Arts and the Common Good Grant
Organized by Valerie Hegarty, Andrew W. Mellon Arts and the Common Good Artist-in-Residence.
Schedule of Events
10–10:30 a.m. Breakfast
10:30–11:30 a.m. Mark Prezorski
11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. Student Visits and Lunch
1–2 p.m. David Brooks
2–3 p.m. Natalie Jeremijenko
3–4 p.m. Questions to the Panel Speakers and Refreshments
Highlighting the cross-disciplinary nature of environmental art, the Symposium includes three speakers that make unique contributions to how we view, shape, conserve and care for the environment today.
Mark Prezorski is the landscape curator at Olana—the home, studio and designed landscape of renowned Hudson River School painter Frederic Edwin Church (1826–1900). Mark considers Olana an earthwork and is working to restore Olana’s artist-designed landscape to Church’s original vision along with continuing conservation efforts heralded by Church’s pioneering work on canvas and in nature.
An artist whose work recalls the earthwork artists of the ’70s in its scale and environmental concerns, David Brooks is also an ongoing volunteer with conservation biologists in the Amazon basin region of South America. For Brooks, the scientists’ multi-disciplinary approach—which takes into consideration geologic, ecologic, cultural and economic factors—is a model for his own artistic practice.
Natalie Jeremijenko is an artist and engineer whose background includes studies in biochemistry, physics, neuroscience and precision engineering. Her work primarily explores the interface between society, the environment and technology and assumes subversive and playful forms such as feral packs of robotic dogs programmed to sniff out soil contaminants.
For more information about the Symposium and all programs presented by the Andrew W. Mellon Arts and the Common Good Grant, contact Kimberly Rhodes, associate professor and chair of art history at 973-408-3757, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit: drew.edu/mellonarts.