Date(s) - 05/21/2017 - 09/03/2017
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Artworks on image above: 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″,
Animal Architects: Influences on Human Creativity
Donna Payton – Curator
May 21 through September 3, 2017 in the Main Gallery
Opening Reception: Sunday, May 21 from 4-6pm *FREE
Panel Discussion: Sunday, June 25 at 2pm *FREE with PAID Museum General Admission
Community Workshops are planned throughout the Summer.
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
Animal Architects: Inuences 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.
Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-5pm; Sunday, 12pm-5pm. Museum Admission $8
Community Workshops throughout the Summer.
June 12th from 10:30am-12:00pm artist Donna Payton will present, an Adult Life-long Learning Workshop on Collage and Mixed Media Animal Homes;
June 27th from 1:00pm-3:00pm artist Eva Mantell will present a children’s workshop for ages 5 and up Bower Bird Challenge;
July 13th from 11:00am–12:00pm artist Libby Ramage will present a children’s workshop for ages 5-7 and from 1:00pm-3:00pm for ages 8 and older on Windsock Animals;
July 26th from 1:00pm-3:00pm artist Harry Bower will present the Build Like A Bower Bird workshop for ages 8 and over;
August 8th from 10:30am-12:30pm artist Harry Bower will present the Build Like A Bower Bird workshop for teens-Adults.
and on August 31st from 1:00pm-3:00pm artist Susan Hoeing will present a Leaf Workshop with Watercolor and Pastels for ages 8 and over.
Chaperones required for children.
The cost is $10.00 to participate in the artist’s workshops in addition to Museum admission.