A Wilderness Science and Art Collaboration

Aldo & Leonardo, a partnership between Colorado Art Ranch and the Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute, is a project to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act. The project is inspired by the scientific wisdom of Aldo Leopold and the artistic genius of Leonardo da Vinci. Our endeavor is an interdisciplinary collaboration of artists and scientists designed to celebrate the lands, resources and opportunities protected by the Wilderness Act. In 2013, we are hosting one-month residencies in six diverse wilderness areas. Artists will work alongside wildland research scientists and gain firsthand knowledge of the wonders, complexities and challenges of our nation's wildest places. The result will be a body of work that creatively illustrates the value of wild areas and honors the scientific efforts to preserve wilderness for the next fifty years.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Monomoy Wilderness Artists-in-Residence

The following artists have been selected For the Monomoy Wilderness portion of Aldo & Leonardo. They will be monitoring migratory shore birds and horseshoe crabs during their stay from June 17 to July 13, 2013.

Elisabeth Nickles is a mixed media sculptor living in Philadelphia. She has produced bodies of work in bronze, glass and paper. She attended the Boston Museum School and The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art and in 2007 Elisabeth_Nicklesreceived an MFA from Alfred University. Her work has recently been shown at the Philadelphia Airport, Schmidt Dean Gallery and Exit Art. She is currently a Muralab artist in Residence at NextFab through the Breadboard Science Center and Mural Arts where she is using new technologies to make small scale models that will be exhibited at the Esther Klein Science Center as possible projects for public spaces.  During the past year, she completed a large scale commission for the SEPTA Arts in Transit program as well as a large wall sculpture for the offices of The Reinvestment Fund in Philadelphia.

Megan Singleton is an artist, educator, and nature explorer.  She is adjunct faculty at Webster University and the Art Institute of Saint Louis, where she teaches Papermaking, Photography, and Digital Art Classes.   In 2005 she received her BFA in photography from Webster University and earned her MFA in sculpture from Louisiana State University in 2012.  Her studio is based in Saint Louis Missouri, where she investigates and collects materials from the landscape that can be used in the papermaking process. Her exhibition record includes national and international shows, and private collectors and museums in the Southern United States have acquired her work over that last three years.
 Jeremy Underwood's work embodies man's detached relationship with nature.  He challenges viewers to reflect upon our consumer culture, the relationship we Jeremy_Underwoodhave with our environment and the pervasion of pollution. He has grown from a formal education in photography at the University of Central Missouri in photography, studied at the University of Central Lancashire in England and is currently working on his MFA and teaching at the University of Houston. Jeremy has been published in Photo District News magazine, has been awarded fellowships from such institution as the Society for Photographic Education and the Vermont Studio Center and has received a full doctoral fellowship from the University of Houston.  Recent exhibitions include the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center and the University of Houston.  

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