Animal Architects: Influences on Human Creativity

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Donna Payton – Curator
Artworks on image: Harry Bower, Squirrel Drey, Wire, onion bag netting and zip ties, 36″ x 36″ x 36″, 2015. Dana Michele Hemes, Ariadna/Homo 1 (detail), Piezoelectric crystals, wire, speakers and amplier, 12′ x 8’h, 2017. Susan Hoenig, Cherry Leaf Miner’s Leaf, Acrylic, 16” x 12”, 2016. Gyuri Hollosy, Fugue in Hornet Mansion, Mixed media, 6′ x 5’6″, 2017. Eve Ingalls, In Hand, Handmade abaca paper, aluminum, bronze and acrylic, 73″ x 32″ x 14″, 2016. Joy Kreves, Pastoral, Mixed media, 50″ x 86″ x 48″, 2017. Eva Mantell, Nerves (beta), Electrical wire, 24 x 24 x 50″, 2017. Donna Payton, Cocoon, Straw, paper, fabric, wood, wire, acrylic paint, 15” x 70” x 15”, 2015. Kathleen Hayden Preziosi, Calcied Colony (detail), Stoneware, slips, glaze and wax, 2015. Libby Ramage, City Lights, Wasp Nest #8, Printing ink, charcoal and collage on paper, 39”h x 29”w, 2016. Richard Sanders, Messenger, Natural vines and wood, 72″ x 36″ x 36″, 2014.

May 21 – September 3, 2017

Opening Reception: Sunday, May 21, 2017 from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Who hasn’t wondered at the spiral pattern of a spider’s web, the twig and mud construction of a robin’s nest or the engineering feat of a beaver’s dam? Nature abounds with structures built by animals. Primates to arthropods build homes, traps, nurseries, food storages and courtship displays. Webs, termite mounds, beehives, burrows, bowers, nests and dams incorporate sophisticated features such as ventilation, temperature regulation, structural strength, multiple escape routes, complicated multi-material site constructions and special purpose chambers which result in aesthetically beautiful forms.

Animal Architects: Influences on Human Creativity, features the artwork of Harry Bower, Dana Michele Hemes, Susan Hoenig, Gyuri Hollosy, Eve Ingalls, Joy Kreves, Eva Mantell, Donna Payton, Kathleen Hayden Preziosi, Libby Ramage, and Richard Sanders. These eleven artists will present a variety of innovative two and three dimensional artworks in an eclectic mix of media to open our eyes to the amazing engineering feats that exist throughout the animal kingdom while highlighting the awe inspiring nature of human artistic creativity.

Panel Discussion: Sunday, June 25 at 2:00 pm

Summer Workshops for Children and Adults

Community Workshops are planned in the Meyer Art & Nature Area throughout the Summer.

July 19th from 1:00pm-3:00pm artist Eva Mantell will present a children’s workshop for ages 5 and up Bower Bird Challenge;
July 26th from 1:00pm-3:00pm artist Harry Bower will present the Build Like A Bowerbird workshop for ages 8 and over;
August 8th from 10:30am-12:30pm artist Harry Bower will present the Build Like A Bowerbird workshop for ages 8 – Adults;
August 31st from 1:00pm-3:00pm artist Susan Hoenig will present a Leaf, Watercolor and Pastels workshop.

The cost is $10.00 to participate in the artist’s workshops. Admission to the Museum is $8.


Animal Architects Artists Workshops