Artist Judith Waller and earth scientist James Brey have collaborated on several projects to explain and illustrate the environmental threats confronting many of the world’s natural landscapes and vital cities in their exhibition “Layers: Places in Peril,” which runs from September 17 through November 9, 2013.
Waller is a professor of art at the University of Wisconsin Colleges–Fox Valley. Brey is director of the education program at the Meteorological Society in Washington, D.C., and professor emeritus of geography and geology at the University of Wisconsin Colleges–Fox Valley.
“Layers: Places in Peril” addresses the interaction of human activity with increased hazard vulnerability through global climate change and the natural disasters that threaten many cities and the environment.
“Infrastructure is the glue that holds modern urban society together,” Brey said. “If the infrastructure becomes unusable, the toll of the hazard can be much greater and the time to recovery longer.”
The exhibition explains how the fragile environment in which we live can be dramatically impacted by the global climate. The artworks and texts in “Layers: Places in Peril” suggest that, through planning and action, people can develop a more symbiotic relationship with the natural world. The exhibition features Florence, Naples, and Venice in Italy; Seattle, San Francisco, New York City, St. Louis, New Orleans, the Red River region, and the Florida coast in the United States; and other world locations. For more information about Waller and Brey and their continuing project, visit their blog.
An opening reception, free and open to the community, will be held in the University Museumon September 14 from 6:00–8:30 p.m. Parking on campus is free after 5:00 p.m.
In conjunction with the exhibition, four public presentations will be offered free of charge in the museum:
“The Science of Layers: Places in Peril”
Friday, September 13, at 6:30 p.m.
Brey will discuss the nature and importance of place, the vulnerability of people in these places to a variety of natural hazards, ways to reduce the danger, and the benefits of considering science and art together as a path to deeper understanding and action toward a more sustainable existence.
“Gallery Walk and Talk with Dr. James Breyand Judith Waller”
Sunday, September 15, at 3:00 p.m.
Persons can interact informally with Waller and Brey as the artists discuss their work on the “Layers” projects.
“Layering Arts and Sciences in StudioPainting”
Monday, September 16, at 6:30 p.m.
Waller will describe the project’s origin, her working methods, and the challenges and pleasures won through combining ideas from the arts and sciences in studio painting.
“Earth’s Climate—Past, Present, andFuture”
Monday, November 4, at 6:30 p.m.
IUP Distinguished University Professor and professor of geosciences Steve Hovan will discuss climate change through Earth’s history, examining natural and human impacts on climate and summarizing our current understanding of factors that influence Earth’s climate.
All University Museumexhibitions are free to the public. This exhibition is supported, in part, by the Student Cooperative Association at IUP and by private donations. The museum also receives funding through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts through the Pennsylvania Rural Arts Alliance.
With this exhibition, the museum resumes its regular schedule of open hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday, 2:00–6:30 p.m.; Thursday, noon to 7:30 p.m.; and Saturday, noon to 4:00 p.m. The museum is closed Sunday, Monday, and all university holidays.
For additional information, and to schedule group tours of the exhibition, please contact Leslie Kluchurosky at (724) 357-2397.