Speaking at BSLA Conference

I am excited to present a new public talk, “Novel Ecosystems,” with Dr. Aaron Ellison at the upcoming Boston Society of Landscape Architects Conference at Northeastern University on May 22nd. Full event details including list of speakers available here. All are welcome to conference.




Climate Change Exhibit Offers Glimpses Of Our Warmer Future: New Foods, Melting Ice, Cooling Roofs

On View: May 20 to Oct. 4, 2019.

Opening Reception: Thursday, May 23, from 6 to 8 p.m.,

Local artists explore the state of climate change today in “Untold Possibilities at the Last Minute,” an exhibition on view at Cambridge Arts’ Gallery 344 from May 20 to Oct. 4, 2019. An opening reception will be held in the gallery at 344 Broadway, Cambridge, on Thursday, May 23, from 6 to 8 p.m., featuring music and poetry at 6:30 p.m. plus tastings of foods for our warmer future.

Scientists, governments and policy makers have struggled to convey the urgency of climate change. “Untold Possibilities at the Last Minute” presents local artists working to spread the message of what is coming, adaptions we can make now to reduce climate change, and how we can prepare for a warmer future. Learn more at untoldpossibilities.org.

Featured artists, writers, musicians and culinary artists include Matthew Battles, David Buckley Borden, Class Action, Aaron M. Ellison, Gap Dynamics, Amanda Gorman, Keith Hartwig, Dietmar Offenhuber, Laura Perovich, Thomas Starr, Jean Wilcox, Baravena Foods, Aeronaut Brewing Company, Gus Rancatore of Toscanini’s, Nate Phinisee, and Clover Food Lab. The exhibition is a collaboration of Cambridge Arts, City of Cambridge Community Development Department and Harvard University's Office of Sustainability.

Year End Field Notes

As several ambitious projects come to a close this fall, I look forward to new opportunities in 2019.

I’m excited to report that I will be participating in Now + There’s Public Art Accelerator program. This incubator-type program provides six local artists with training, mentorship, and funding to create a community-driven public art project in the city of Boston this summer/fall. I have yet to line up a community partner or site, but am open to ideas. So, please reach out.

I’ll continue to work with Dr. Aaron Ellison at the Harvard Forest to produce a publication about our collaborative art-based science communication projects. The book with be project archive, design case study, and critical essay on our arts-science collaborations including Hemlock Hospice and Warming Warning. One can read a sample of our co-authored writings in the October issue of SciArt Magazine and a  SocArXiv preprint for our chapter in the upcoming Routledge Handbook of Art, Science, and Technology Studies.

My public speaking engagements and workshops continue to play an ever expanding role in my practice. This year included over 30 public talks/tours starting with my Hybrid Vigor presentation at the New Directions in American Landscapes conference in Philadelphia. The year concluded with a talk for educators with Dr. Aaron Ellison, entitled Environmental Art: Reflection, Provocation, and Action at Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Project Zero. 

In response to requests, I’ve developed three new talks for 2019 including a professional development talk for students and recent graduates which uses my career track as an example of creating an intentional self-directed interdisciplinary practice. The talk is not a stereotypical “how-to” career advice presentation, but an empowering, yet cautionary, conversation about creative growth and self-determination. Interested in hosting a talk or workshop at your organization? Click here for lecture abstracts and availability.