Opening Reception for “ECO ephemeral”: Works by Thomas Ferrella and Artists’ Books from Special Collections
September 16 @ 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Please join us for the opening celebrations on September 16, 2016 at the UWM Golda Meir Library. All are welcome!
At 4 p.m. there will be a walking tour of the exhibition, guided by the curator, Pamela Caserta Hugdahl. The tour will include several of artist Thomas Ferrella’s temporary outdoor installations on campus. Meet at the Grind cafe on the first floor of the Golda Meir Library.
From 5 to 6 p.m. there will be a reception in Special Collections on the fourth floor of Golda Meir Library.
This thesis exhibition approaches environmental concerns through an art historical perspective by considering works of art by Dr. Thomas Ferrella, M.D. and artists’ books from Special Collections at UW-Milwaukee Libraries.
The exhibition evades conventional boundaries of galleries in order to present artists’ books in their intended manner and to display Ferrella’s outdoor installations in context with UWM’s award-winning sustainability initiatives. The results exemplify how we shape earth and in turn how our actions upon earth impact us, emphasizing human interdependence on fragile ecosystems.
Ferrella’s artworks and medical expertise in combination with the content in the artists’ books and UWM sustainability initiatives argue for a holistic approach to environmentalism that is yet to be embraced by much of the world’s human population.
The exhibit, located in the Grind and in Special Collections, runs from Sept. 10 to October 12, 2016.
Exhibition and accompanying catalogue made possible by the Jeffrey R. Hayes Graduate Research Award, granted through the Department of Art History, and by Jan Serr and John Shannon.
Co-sponsored by the UWM Libraries.