Thursday, March 6, 2008

Artists Respond to Environmental Concerns

I want to invite you to two weekend events I am very excited about.

1. Earth: A Microcosm, our WCA Southeastern Juried Exhibition opens with a public reception on Friday, March 7, 6-9 pm at the Ferst Center at Georgia Tech. We finished hanging the show Tuesday and it looks great! The exhibit includes artists from four states who work with a variety of media and approaches; it makes for an interesting mix.

Earth a Microcosm is on display in the Richards Gallery. The selected artists are: Peery Angelika, Linda Armstrong, Temme Barkin-Leeds, Marilynn Brandenburger, Margee Bright Ragland,(AL), Kate Colpitts, Jeannine Cook, Helen DeRamus, Marti Hand, Patricia Hetzler, Susan Leeb (NC), Jay Marsh, Lynne Moody, Judy Parady, Heidi Rolla, Flora Rosefsky, Ann Rowles, Gerry Sattele, Beatrice Schall (NC), Patricia Tinajero (TN), Virginia Tyler (NC), Marianne Van Der Haar, Mona Waterhouse, and Sally Wylde and the Art Factory.

Also on display in the Westbrook Gallery are works by the presenters in our program The Artist and the Environment: Mara Adamitz Scrupe (juror for "Earth: A Microcosm), Linda Armstrong, Norma Bradley, Bryant Holsenbeck, and Pandra Williams.

2. Our program The Artist and the Environment: A Day of Discussion with Five Environmental Artists will be held on Sunday, March 9, 1 - 6 pm in the Westbrook Gallery of the Ferst Center.

The Schedule is as follows:

1:00 - 2:00 pm - The galleries will be open to view the exhibition

2:00 - 3:00 pm - Keynote presentation by Mara Adamitz Scrupe

3:00 - 4:30 pm - Presentations by Linda Armstrong, Norma Bradley,
Bryant Holsenbeck and Pandra Williams.

4:30 - 5:30 pm - Panel Discussion and questions from the audience.

Below is the news release with more information. Attached is an invitation. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have questions:

Ann Rowles
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Artists Respond to Environmental Concerns

Water shortages, air pollution, dying ecosystems and other news stories bring environmental issues to our attention daily. Artists share these concerns and often use their artwork to address these topics. The Women’s Caucus for Art of Georgia (WCAGA) will bring five such artists together for a day of discussion titled The Artist and the Environment at the Ferst Center for the Arts on the Georgia Tech campus in Atlanta on Sunday, March 9, 1-6 pm. The program is free and open to the public.

The Artist and the Environment coincides with Earth: a Microcosm, a WCA juried exhibition on display March 7-30 in the galleries of the Ferst Center. The exhibit features work by 24 WCA members from Georgia, North Carolina, Alabama, and Tennessee selected by the program’s keynote speaker Mara Adamitz Scrupe. There will be an opening reception for the artists on Friday, March 7, 6-9 pm. The exhibition will be open for viewing from 1 – 2 pm before the March 9 program.

Mara Adamitz Scrupe, Chair of the Art Department at Columbus State University in Columbus, GA will open the program at 2 pm. Scrupe is an environmental artist working with renewable energy systems and native plants in the creation of projects for museums, arboretums, landscapes, and public spaces. Recent projects include commissions for I Bienal Internacional de Arts al Aire Libre (Venezuela), Fota Arboretum (Ireland), Europos Parkas Open Air Museum (Lithuania), Grand Arts, Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, The Johns Hopkins University, Harvard University School of Landscape Architecture, and the Savannah College of Art and Design.

Scrupe’s talk will be followed by presentations by five other southeastern environmental artists: Linda Armstrong (Atlanta, GA), Norma Bradley (Asheville, NC), Bryant Holsenbeck (Durham, NC) and Pandra Williams (Atlanta, GA). A subsequent panel discussion will further explore issues of ecology and aesthetics.

Sculptor Linda Armstrong is Program Director for the Emory College Visual Arts Program and has received numerous fellowships, grants, and residencies including the Caversham Centre for Artists & Writers (Balgowan, South Africa), the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts & Sciences, the Georgia Council for the Arts and the Southern Arts Federation/National Endowment for the Arts. Collecting Excursions, her upcoming exhibition at Emory “will explore the evocative qualities of specimens and images gathered from disparate locales – Georgia and South Africa – through a sculptural installation that intertwines and highlights aspects of both places and gives the viewer pause to consider the oneness of our planet.”

Norma Bradley is a fiber artist and landscape architect who creates collaborative “earth quilts” – site specific gardens – for schools, community centers, hospitals, group homes and public sites. Her visiting artist residencies, projects and installations have been supported by state and federal grants, arts councils, local agencies and industry. Bradley states: “Quilts tell the stories of our lives through their shapes, colors and textures. They hold a history of their makers as well as the people who care for them. They become sacred treasures. Gardens are about hope and the creation of sacred space. Both help us to go beyond the ordinary moments and to enter into a world of deeper meaning and beauty. They help us connect with a body of knowledge, with ourselves and with other people.”

Bryant Holsenbeck began her arts career as a basket maker and has evolved into an environmental artist who makes large-scale installations that document the waste stream of our society. She has shown and taught throughout the United States, and received two North Carolina Arts Council Fellowships, a Project Grant and an NEA Arts and Learning Grant. Her installation River of Caps (2004) was a 105 ft. fluid design of bottle caps and jar lids collected over a period of 10 years, made in collaboration with 85 high school students in Winston-Salem, NC. A community artist who likes to work with groups of people using the “stuff” of our society, Holsenbeck is currently working on WHAT DO KIDS CARE ABOUT? A Labyrinth of Shoes with Souls Attached.

Pandra Williams studied art, sculpture and ceramics at the Atlanta College of Art, Georgia State University, the New School of Social Research, Kansas City Art Institute, and New York School of Visual Arts. A solo show of her ceramic sculpture is on display through February 23 at Kiang Gallery in Atlanta. She is currently working on Return of the Native Garden at Hurt Park in Downtown Atlanta, part of Urban Interventions sponsored by The Ernest G. Welch Gallery, Georgia State University. “An area within the park will test the hypothesis that abandoned brownfields surrounding warehouses on the Beltline can be revitalized with a native succession garden…The design and plant media will build upon the idea of growth and change over time.“ This project began fall 2007 and will be celebrated on the Spring Solstice, March 24, 2008.

The Ferst Center for the Arts is located at 349 Ferst Drive NW, on the Georgia Tech campus, Atlanta, GA, 30332. The Ferst Center offers parking to patrons at no cost at night and on weekends. Handicap parking is available in the visitors’ lot on Ferst Drive. Directions available: 404-894-2787 or on the website:

The Women’s Caucus for Art of Georgia (WCAGA), a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization is a regional chapter of the National Women’s Caucus for Art (WCA). Based in Atlanta, WCAGA’s membership is comprised of over one hundred artists, art professionals, and art supporters from Georgia and other Southeastern states. For more information, go to or email .
Funding for this program is provided in part by the Georgia Council for the Arts through the appropriations of the General Assembly, as administered by the Fulton County Arts Council, the GCA-designated Grassroots agency. Funding for the Fulton County Arts Council is provided by the Fulton County Commission under the guidance of the Fulton County Arts Council.

1 comment:

  1. I was impressed by the high level at which the women on the panel are working. The artwork and their stories are inspirational and motivating. Kudos to Ann Rowles for finding and inviting a great group of artists to share their thoughts and efforts with us.