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Ignite! The Art of Sustainability
RENTAL FEE: RETIRED
SIZE: Approximately 1,500-2,000 square feet
The catalyst for this traveling exhibition was an event planned by the Green Museums Initiative (GMI) of the California Association of Museums in October 2011.
GMI hosted statewide dialogues on regional ecological issues and the role museums might play in building healthy communities, both human and in nature.
Contemporary artists from each region joined museum leaders, scientists, environmentalist, and community stakeholders for the daylong discussions.
Ignite! The Art of Sustainability exhibits the dynamic works created by these artists based on their discussions and the issues that arose in each regional dialogue. Thirteen of California’s foremost environmental artists collaborate to communicate a heightened connection to their natural surroundings through rich imagery using a variety of media from the traditional (photographs, painting, and video) to the unconventional (smog /particulate matter on porcelain). Together, their approach is multidisciplinary, drawing on art, science, spirituality, and social justice.
What emerges are the unique traits of California’s ecological regions and the range of extremes present in our state. Curated by Kate Davies, independent curator and writer.
Roundtable Artists / Region
Exhibition Video Tour
/ Los Angeles Basin
/ Bay-Delta-Monterey Peninsula
/ Southland Deserts-Inland Empire
Judith Lowry / Sierra Nevada Western & Eastern Foothills
/ Northern California-Redwood Empire
/ Central Valley
/ San Diego
Additionally, other contemporary California artists were added to deepen the exploration of California’s ecology at local and regional levels.
These artists include:
/ Santa Barbara
Newton and Helen Mayer Harrison
/ Bay Area
/ Bay Area
/ LA Basin
/ Bay Area
The exhibition includes:
- 27 original artworks with labels - most have not been previously exhibited
- Interpretive labels include background information and quotes
- Mindful exhibition fabrication - reused and repurposed materials and art
crates that are reused or built by suppliers that utilize green business practices
- Public Program Grants available
TOP: "Letters" Ignite! Title graphic by artist Gyöngy Laky, 2012.
Medium: Photograph of apple, grapevine, nail, wire sculptures.
MIDDLE LEFT: "Cirsium vulgare" by artist Penelope Gottlieb, 2012. Medium: Acrylic/ink over Audubon print. MIDDLE RIGHT: "Rubus armeniacus" by artist Penelope Gottlieb, 2011. Medium: Acrylic/ink over Audubon print. MIDDLE: "A River Runs Through Me" by artist Sant Khalsa, 2012. Medium: Gelatin silver photograph. BOTTOM: "Life of a Redwood" by artist Linda MacDonald, 2012. Medium: Oil on canvas.
SCHEDULE & AVAILABILITY:
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|January 26, 2014 - May 11, 2014
||Longmont Museum, Longmont, CO
|June 15, 2014 - August 10, 2014
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|August 24, 2014 - October 19, 2014
|November 2, 2014 - December 28, 2014
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|March 22, 2015 - May 17, 2015
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