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Linking Science and Art: Art Exhibit
Linking Science and Art: Art Exhibit

BRI Presents: Conserve the Call and A Critical Balance

A Creative Partnership to Inspire Conservation

BRI has collaborated with artists from across the country to bring two art exhibits to Portland, Maine: Conserve the Call and A Critical Balance. Both exhibits will be on display at the Portland Public Library Lewis Gallery, April 5th - May 25th, 2019.

Funds raised during the event will be contributed toward conservation efforts.

Linking Science and Art

LINKING SCIENCE AND ART

Read about the inspiration behind "A Critical Balence" in the current edition of Paws Trails Explorers, an international wildlife and conservation-focused magazine. The article, Linking Science and Art: A Creative Partnership to Inspire Conservation, tells the story of artists Linda Mirabile and Adelaide Tyrol as they have been inspired by wildlife research and in turn, they hope to inspire conservation through their art.

The article showcases many pieces of artwork included in the A Critical Balance exhibit, on display at the Portland Public Library's Lewis Gallery, Portland, ME, April 5 - May 25, 2019.

Conserve the Call

Conserve the Call

Our Conserve the Call exhibit features five species of loons that will be at the center of the 2020 International Loon/Diver Symposium. The artwork will be paired alongside information on current research and ongoing conservation efforts.

The Quiet Hour by Sherrie York (featured above in the header image) will be on display as part of the Conserve the Call exhibit, April 5 - May 25, 2019, at the Portland Public Library Lewis Gallery.

A Critical Balance

A Critical Balance

Scientists estimate that 150-200 species of plant, insect, bird, and mammal become extinct every 24 hours. This is nearly 1,000 times the “natural” or “background” rate and, say many biologists, is greater than anything the world has experienced since the vanishing of the dinosaurs nearly 65 million years ago. Today many of the creatures that are familiar to us are at a critical balancing point. They might not be here for future generations to experience.

Nine professional artists have gathered to paint and exhibit a selection of species that are listed as endangered on the IUCN’s red list. As artists that have a dedication to the natural world, they have a unique opportunity to share their observations and use their art to convey both the beauty of these endangered species and the need to protect them. The intent of this exhibit is to use art to inspire and educate in ways that will reach beyond statistics, policy, and politics.

The exhibit will include 23 pieces of art painted to life-size and a catalog of the work. All work will be available for sale and a percentage of proceeds will be donated to the conservation of endangered or threatened species. 

The featured artists include:

Adelaide Tyrol
Nissa Kauppila
Michael Boardman
Heidi Broner
Gabriel Tempesta
Linda Mirabile
Susan Parmenter
Suzanne Stryk
Shearon Murphy

 

Left: Sicilian Garden Dormouse by Adelaide Murphy Tyrol; Right: Brown Kiwi by Linda Mirabile. Both pieces will be featured in the A Critical Balance exhibit, April 5 - May 25, 2019, at the Portland Public Library Lewis Gallery.
Left: Sicilian Garden Dormouse by Adelaide Murphy Tyrol; Right: Brown Kiwi by Linda Mirabile. Both pieces will be featured in the A Critical Balance exhibit, April 5 - May 25, 2019, at the Portland Public Library Lewis Gallery.
Left: Sicilian Garden Dormouse by Adelaide Murphy Tyrol; Right: Brown Kiwi by Linda Mirabile. Both pieces will be featured in the A Critical Balance exhibit, April 5 - May 25, 2019, at the Portland Public Library Lewis Gallery.
Science Inspires Young Artists

SCIENCE INSPIRES YOUNG ARTISTS

In 2018, BRI began a unique collaboration with the Maine College of Art (MECA) as part of the college's Public Engagement program, which integrates art, real world problems, and community partners into its teaching curriculum. 

Several MECA students will participate in the wildlife exhibit, displaying a variety of media including painting, linocut, sculpture, and fashion.

BRI is dedicated to advancing environmental awareness and informing decision makers about the research that we conduct. We believe art is a conduit to understanding and empathizing with wildlife on a deep level. 

 
Photo Credits: Header - The Quiet Hour by Sherrie York (linocut © 2018)
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