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Chesapeake Fibershed Meet-up – Studio for Sustainability and Social Action

May 15 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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Penn State Professors, Helen O’Leary and Kim Gates Flick will share their collaborative research of practice and pedagogy through the development of their course: Sustainable Studio: Materials, Makers & Methods.  From rural Pennsylvania to megacities, people are leading the charge to take on the big challenges of a  sustainable planet.  Helen and Kim will talk about how they reach across disciplines, to farmers, architects, scientists, poets, and writers, in a collaborative effort to bring the studio arts to the larger conversation of  sustainability. Their course enables students to form a community of makers interested in issues regarding  sustainability as related to artistic practice and to work in connection with other university departments. Both women grew up in agrarian communities on small subsistence farms, fueling their research in similar and  different ways. Their individual contributions make for a unique type of symbiotic relationship.

Helen O’Leary, Professor, School of Visual Arts, is the recipient of major international grants and exhibits internationally.  Her agrarian childhood of  “if you can’t make/grow it, you can’t have it” is central to her practice.  Her distinguished career and proven experience provide the contemporary edge for leadership onto an international stage with a global network of like-minded individuals for our collaborative projects.  Her artistic practice emerges from constant reassignment, dismantlement, and frugal readjustment.  Rooted in the outward simplicity and inner grenade of memory, her work reckons with damage and multigenerational loss, through nurturing, caring and  – ultimately – healing.

Kim Gates Flick, Adjunct Assistant Professor, School of Visual Arts, is an Indie-Artist working to position the arts as central to the human experience.  Her Appalachian ancestry fortifies the sense of self-sufficiency she brings to both practice and pedagogy.  As an artist-practioner, actively engaged in improving her craft, she brings her knowledge of wild herbs, flowers, and dye practices to the sustainable studio and collaborative projects.

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May 15
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm