Kalamazoo Institute of Arts Spotlights Environmental Issues in New Exhibition

Posted: February 13, 2014

For Immediate Release -

Environmental Impact Lecture by David Wagner

On February 21, from 6 - 8 p.m., the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts will open a new exhibition called Environmental Impact, with a lecture by the exhibition's curator and producer David Wagner. The exhibition was developed to heighten public consciousness about the intentional or unintentional consequences of environmental exploitation and neglect. Wagner will discuss the paintings, photographs and sculptures in the exhibition and how they confront the environmental issues of our time, from land development to industrial-scale depletion of natural resources, to the trashing of the American landscape and the impact of global warming. After Wagner's talk, sculptor Sayaka Kajita Ganz and mixed media artist Michael Meilahn will present their artwork, with audience questions to follow.

Environmental Impact Lecture by David Wagner
February 21, 6 - 8 p.m. Lecture at 6:30 p.m.
Members: Free, Non-Members: $10

About the Exhibition
The Environmental Impact exhibition will be hosted by the KIA from February 22 through May 4, 2014. Traditional landscape art depicts nature in all its glory in beautiful, pristine condition. But the paintings, photographs and sculptures of Environmental Impact, instead, visualized the detrimental actions that cause issues like industrial-scale depletion of natural resources, the Gulf oil spill and the dangers of nuclear energy. Featuring 73 works by 28 artists with a diverse range of mediums, this traveling exhibition's purpose is to share the work of leading contemporary artists who chose to create work that focuses on global and local environmental issues.

The exhibition is produced by David J. Wagner, L.L.C., David J. Wagner, Ph.D., Curator/Tour Director and is sponsored by the John E. Fetzer Institute Fund.