ROCK SPRINGS — Western Wyoming Community College will host an art exhibition inspired by bees from March 2nd to April 23rd, 2018, with a gallery talk by Ashley Hope Carlisle April 26th at 12:30 pm in the art gallery.
Ashley Hope Carlisle, Associate Professor of Art in Sculpture at UW, and Dr. Michael Dillon, Associate Professor in the Department of Zoology & Physiology and Program in Ecology at UW, have converged to create works encompassing bees and your senses. This exhibition is part of a National Science Foundation grant supporting research which explores how bumblebees are able to thrive everywhere from lowland California to alpine Oregon. The grant, Adaptation Across Latitude and Altitude: Genomics, Morphology, and Physiology of Montane Bumble Bees, is a collaboration with Jeffrey D. Lozier from the University of Alabama, and James P. Strange from the University of Utah.
When art and science meet, more similarities than differences are found. People learn from each other and are able to share and contemplate questions that hopefully allow the world to become a more enriched environment. Bees have the ability to attract and repel those around them. Often as children, people learn the harsh reality of bee stings, an experience that can cloud our appreciation for these amazing critically important pollinators. This exhibition asks the viewer to help gather, to listen, to touch, and to feel the life of a bumble bee, not solely because it is useful to us, but also simply to connect with this amazing creature.
The community is encouraged to join in this exploration.
“The Western Wyoming Community College Art Gallery serves to enhance the cultural experiences of our place and time through introducing new ways of doing, whether application or concept. Ashley Hope Carlisle is an installation artist who creates meaningful spaces often relating to nature as both inspiration and question. In this case, it is an interactive and visual response that references the study of bees as researched by Michael Dillon,” said Florence McEwin, Professor of Art at Western.
Michael Dillon is an Associate Professor in the Department of Zoology and Physiology and Program in Ecology at the University of Wyoming and Director of the UW-NPS Research Station in Grand Teton National Park. He has worked throughout the world, including in Central and South America, much of the Western US, and China studying how organisms live in and adapt to diverse environments from tropical rainforests to alpine meadows. He is currently studying how bumblebees thrive from lowland farms to alpine meadows and collaborating with Ashley Hope Carlisle to communicate the science and cultivate a general appreciation for bees.
Ashley Hope Carlisle is Associate Professor of Art in Sculpture at the University of Wyoming. She has taught at UW for the past 14 years and has created art in the form of sculpture and drawing for 23 years. As an artist, Ashley has been the recipient of the ISC Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award, has exhibited all over the United States, Italy, London, and was chosen as a Fellowship Artist Grant Recipient by the Wyoming Arts Council for 2007.
The exhibition and gallery talk are free and open to the public.
Gallery hours are 8 am to 10 pm.
The community is encouraged to attend.