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On the Edge: Environmental Art for a Changing Planet: The Fourth Annual Richard L.  James Lecture

January 28, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Environmental art, by its nature, explores the far edge of both art and the environmental movement.  As climate change becomes a part of daily reality, environmental art is evolving to respond.  Artist Mary Mattingly presents the James Lecture on the emerging edge of environmental art.  Mattingly’s WetLand installation at the 2014 Fringe Festival made headlines presenting a boat-based ecosystem offering a look at the future of climate change and adaptable cities.  An interdisciplinary panel will reflect on this work in the context of the history of environmental art, its current state, and what the future of the genre (and our world) may look like.  In 2015, we’re also celebrating the 15th anniversary of our pioneering environmental art program.

Stay after the lecture for a reception celebrating art at the Schuylkill Center and the opening of the newest show in our gallery, Inhabiting the Edge.

Throughout 2015, the Schuylkill Center celebrates 50 years of connecting people and nature with a series of signature events, a time capsule, and chances for our community to join in marking this important milestone.  This winter, celebrations begin with the Dick James Lecture and Creature Comfort.


Mary Salvante has nearly 20 years of experience in the art program management field.  She has worked with professionals from both the public and private sectors on the planning and implementation of public and community art programs.  She founded the Environmental Art Department at the Schuylkill Center, and currently serves as Gallery and Exhibitions Program Director at Rowan University.

Maya van Rossum is the Delaware Riverkeeper and leads the Delaware Riverkeeper Network.  She heads a team of dedicated staff and volunteers who monitor the river and its tributaries for threats and challenges, and who then take this information and advocate, educate, and litigate for protection, restoration, and change.

Bethany Wiggin is Director of the new Penn Program in the Environmental Humanities and Associate Professor of German at the University of Pennsylvania. Her interests lie in the intersections between the early modern period and contemporary theoretical concerns, including global and transnational literature, translation and multilingualism, and sex and gender studies.

The Fourth Annual Richard L. James Lecture given by Mary Mattingly and Inhabiting the Edge: WetLand were supported in part by the Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts program of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. Support also provided by PECO. This program is administered regionally by the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance.


January 28, 2015
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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