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The Environmental Art Department at the Schuylkill Center incites curiosity and sparks awareness of the natural environment through art, and works collaboratively to create exhibitions of the highest quality that attract, educate and inspire the public.
Created in 2000, the department complements the Schuylkill Centerís two mission-driven objectives: land preservation and environmental education. This unique interpretive program offers an alternative to both traditional art venues and formal methods of presenting environmental education to the public. The program challenges established and emerging artists to reflect on environmental issues; to consider the natural context in which the artwork is being created; and to explore working with new and non-traditional materials.
Through partnerships with other arts and educational organizations, environmental art at the Schuylkill Center also provides professional opportunities for artists, interpretive programs for the public and arts-in-education programs for students.
The art department collaborated with the education department to create our new Environmental Art Education classes for visiting school groups. Using art as a tool to understand nature, and nature as a framework to understand the elements of art, these classes offer a fun, innovative and effective paradigm for studying the natural world and visual language.
Looking ahead, the department will broaden its scope of activity to include conservation. We are exploring an innovative art practice known as "ecovention" (a term coined by Amy Lipton and Sue Spaid as part of the 2002 exhibition), where artists collaborate with scientists to interact directly with the ecosystem. Projects such as habitat creation, remedial plantings, or water-control structures will expand the boundaries of traditional art and maintain the balance of our eco-system.
We are re-envisioning ourselves and have launched a special website to share and facilitate the process. Please visit it at: http://www.schuylkillcenter.org/art/.
The only one of its kind in Philadelphia, the Environmental Art Department presents its activities through two interrelated program areas:
You can learn more about environmental art by visiting our resources page
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