IMG 3698PUBLIC FORUM: Cross Pollination: Art + Science

at 516 ARTS

Saturday, August 19, 3:30pm

516 ARTS invites the public to a free public forum with artists, beekeepers and natural science experts to explore the intersection of art and science around the role of bees and other pollinators in the world's food supply. Topics include: the ramifications of living in the world without bees and other pollinators; cultivation of a culture of awareness; consideration of the large number of native bee species and how to protect them; and exploration of the  relationship bewtween nature and technology.

This event is in conjunction with the exhibition Cross Pollination at 516 ARTS (August 19- November 11, 2017), which opens the same day with a member preview 5-6pm and a public reception 6-8pm.

August 19 speaker headshots


 Jennifer Angus, exhibiting artist in Cross Pollination, is a professor in Design Studies at University of Wisconsin/Madison and creator of the installation In the Midnight Garden in the 2015 exhibition Wonder at the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museuam in Washington, D.C. She recieved her education at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (BFA) and at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (MFA), and has exhibited her work internationally including Australia, Canada, Germany, Japan and Spain. She has been the recipient of numerous awards including Canada Council, Ontario Arts Council and Wisconsin Arts Board grants.

Cumberland, PhD candidate, UNM Department of Biology, studies bees in the U.S. Southwest. Her research objective is to understand whether and how bee communities have changed in relation to human impacts such as population growth, development, introduced species, and agricultural intensification. Her study data suggest significant, ecologically important changes have taken place in the Southwest bee community over the past 40 years. She holds BA degrees in Environmental Studies and Biology from California State University, and an MS degree in Ecology from Colorado State University. She worked in environment education, ecology restortion, and community stewardship before starting the UNM Biology PhD program in 2014.

Kelly Eckel
, an exhibiting artist in Cross pollination, focuses on the intersection of art and science in both her artwork and her teaching. Active in the arts since 1991, she has created several bodies of work in photography, printmaking and drawing. She currently works as an educator for the Albuquerque Public Schools.

Jessie Brown, President of New Beekeepers Association and board member for the American Beekeeping Federation and the Western Apicultural Society, is a local expert and instructor. She has been keeping bees for over 10 years, with 20 hives close to Downtown Albuquerque. She will speak from the perspective of a naturalist who works with scientific perspectives on pollination. 

Valerie Roybal, curator of Cross Pollination, is an artist and backyard beekeeper. She has collaborated on a number of curitorial projects, including Adaptations: Artists Work with Profound Disease and Illness at SCA Contemporary. Her artwork has been featured in several publications, including the book Cutting Edges: Contmeporary Collage (2011). She is the recipient of a Pollack Krasner grant and her work is in numerous public and private collections.

Elsa Menéndez, forum moderator, is a writer, director, producer, and performer with Tricklock Company. She works with the National Hispanic Cultural Center's STEAM education programming, bringing together science and tha arts across many disciplines. She has spent the last 30 years working in theatre around the world, including serving as an associate producer in London BBC movie shorts.

This event is funded in part by a grant from the New Mexico Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment of the Humanities.


Photo of Jessie Brown