Three close-up photos of streams, with reflections of light on the water, rocks underneath, and shadows of trees

Art Ecologies, a year-long program of events organized by The Arts at Amherst Initiative, explores the confluence of art and ecology through a series of performances, workshops and discussions led by artists who are engaged with art that is focused on our relationship to ecological systems and materials.

Utilizing various mediums, Art Ecologies pushes forward new questions about the relationship between humans and the environment. It explores myriad ways that artists engaged in ecological practice can help preserve, protect and reinvigorate the vital resources, habitats and wildlife of the earth, while simultaneously investigating the ways art can be used to inform the public about the environmental problems we face and proposing new and creative possibilities for sustainability.

Art Ecologies features work by multimedia artist Saya Woolfalk, printmaker Lyell Castonguay, director/choreogrpaher Wendy Woodson, musician Vic Rawlings, designer Kathy Couch, choreographer Sarah Smith and designer Ted Esselstyn.

Events

2017

Tue, Sep 19, 2017

Big Ink

BIG INK with Lyell Castonguay

10:00 am - 5:00 pm Valentine Quad, in front of Fayerweather Hall

Artist printmaker Lyell Castonguay prints large-scale woodcuts.

Thu, Sep 21, 2017

Vic Rawlings

Performance by Musician Vic Rawlings

12:50 pm Valentine Quad, in front of Fayerweather Hall

Vic Rawlings is a multi-instrumentalist fluent in many styles. Learn more: www.vicrawlings.com

Vic Rawlings

Sonic Improvisation Workshop with Musician Vic Rawlings

4:30 pm Webster Hall, Yūshien Japanese Garden (outdoors)

Vic Rawlings is a multi-instrumentalist fluent in many styles. Learn more: www.vicrawlings.com

Fri, Sep 22, 2017

Saya Woolfalk, The Four Virtues (Prudence), 2017: Image of a masked human figure wearing an elaborate and colorful costume, standing in front of a black background

Artist Talk by Saya Woolfalk

4:30 pm Mead Art Museum, Rotherwas Room

Saya Woolfalk is a New York-based artist known for her multimedia explorations of hybridity, race, science and gender. This gallery talk delves further into her Mead Art Museum Rotherwas Project No. 3 installation Saya Woolfwalk: Life Products and the ChimaCloud.

Thu, Oct 5, 2017

What Does Now Need?

4:30 pm - 6:00 pm Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry

A conversation about making and studying art in a time of ecological and political upheaval

How are artists responding (or not) to the current social, ecological, and political moment? How can artists and art act as agents of change, and what is the responsibility of artists as imaginative citizens? This event will be a time for students, faculty, and staff to come together to discuss our thoughts, questions, and understandings of the arts during times of change and crisis. Facilitated by Kathy Couch and Sara Smith.

Sat, Oct 14, 2017

Stream

Sourcing the Stream

A video and performance installation by Professor Wendy Woodson in collaboration with designer Kathy Couch, composer Zeina Nasr ’06 and the performers. This immersive project in video, sound, and performance looks to the stream as a timely source for inspiration, solace, reflection and reaction.

Sun, Oct 15, 2017

Stream

Sourcing the Stream

A video and performance installation by Professor Wendy Woodson in collaboration with designer Kathy Couch, composer Zeina Nasr ’06 and the performers. This immersive project in video, sound, and performance looks to the stream as a timely source for inspiration, solace, reflection and reaction.