RECEPTION: Cross Pollination



RECEPTION: Cross Pollination 

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Public Reception

516 ARTS presents Cross Pollination, a group exhibition showcasing work at the intersection of art and science that focuses on bees and other pollinators. About 35 percent of the world's food crops and 75 percent of the flowering plants depend on pollinators to reproduce. Pollinators, including bees, moths and butterflies and birds, have become increasingly threatened by human action. With this knowledge, artists have responded to the issues by working with and for pollinators to raise awareness about thier profound benefits to life on earth. Curated by artist/backyard beekeeper Valerie Roybal, with Claude Smith and Aimee Gwynne Franklin, Cross Pollination not only refers to how bees and other insects pollinate a large portion of the world's food, but also to the cross pollination of ideas in art and science. The exhibition includes local, national and international artists from Argentina, Canada, China, and the UK, working in painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, installation, film/video and performance.


Jennifer Angus (Wisconsin)                                                             
Steve Barry (New Mexico)                                                               
Susanna Carlisle & Bruce Hamilton (New Mexico)                     
Chris Collins (New Mexico)                                                             
Kristin Diener (New Mexico)                                                            
Aganetha Dyck & Richard Dyck (Canada)                                           
Kelly Eckel (New Mexico)                                                                  
Jo Golesworthy (United Kingdom)                                                 
Lily Hunter Green (United Kingdom)
Talia Greene (Pennsylvania) 
Mary Judge (New York)
Stephanie Lerma (New Mexico)
Hilary Lorenz (New York & New Mexico)
Pastel (Argentina)    
Daisy Patton (Colorado)
Jessica Rath & Robert Hoehn (California)
Ren Ri (China)   


JENNIFER ANGUS, exhibiting artist in Cross Pollination, is a professor in Design Studies at University of Wisconsin/Madison and creator of the acclaimed installation In the Midnight Garden in the 2015 exhibition Wonder at the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, DC. She received 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 in 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.

JULIETA BETTINELLI is a PhD candidate in the UNM Department of Biology. She studies native bee communities in the Chihuahuan desert. Her research aims to document native bee diversity in natural ecosystems and to evaluate how these bee communities change in response to disturbances. She holds a licentiate degree in Biological Sciences from the Universidad Nacional del Comahue in her hometown of Bariloche, Argentina. She teaches undergraduate labs at UNM in topics ranging from cell biology and genetics to ecology and evolution.

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 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 curatorial 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: Contemporary 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 the 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 for BBC movie shorts.