In support of its four-state Connecticut River Program, The Nature Conservancy is collaborating with artist Samuel Rowlett to explore how art can be a medium for community engagement.
Rowlett's newest exhibit, "An Unnamed Flowing, Nowhere" depicts his experience with the... Connecticut River through sculpture, large-scale wall drawings, video installation and the exhibition of a handmade canoe. Rowlett built the canoe in Northampton, MA, and paddled it down the Connecticut River to Hartford, stopping to camp in urban settings along the way.
On July 25 at 7 p.m., Rowlett will speak about his exhibit and journey and will be joined by Kim Lutz, director of The Nature Conservancy's Connecticut River Program. Together, the two will explore historical examples of artists influenced by the river, as well as how contemporary artists are using their talents to highlight pressing ecological issues.
Another element of the project is an interactive web-based map that uses crowdsourcing to create a collaborative “portrait” of New England’s largest freshwater ecosystem. The public is invited to contribute videos, artwork, research, photos and stories to this ongoing map project. Please visit http://www.samuelrowlett.com/SamuelJamesRowlett_MainMap.htm and click the “Add” button to upload your reflections.
Samuel Rowlett earned his Master of Fine Arts degree from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. and his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, Ore. He has exhibited his work nationally and received several honors, including a fellowship from Yale University School of Art and a recent artist’s residency at MASS MoCA’s Kidspace. Rowlett has been selected for a forthcoming solo show as part of the “Step Up” exhibition series at Real Art Ways in Hartford.
"An Unnamed Flowing, Nowhere" will be on display at Real Art Ways from June 21 through September 9, 2012.
Photo © S. Rowlett