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Department of Art and Design Faculty Exhibition 2020

Members of the Department of Art & Design faculty exhibit their current work. Exhibition features work in painting, graphic design, ceramics, sculpture & video by faculty Kate Kinder, Michael Volker, Kris Sanford, Ryan Flesher, David Stairs, Israel Davis, Steve Leeper and Kayla Lindeman.

September 10 – October 1, 2020

  barstow finaldraft revised2%20copyBivouac: Hannah Perrine Mode

Bivouac is an installation by 2020 Barstow Artist-in-Residence Hannah Perrine Mode. Soft sculptures of photographic cyanotype prints on fabric – including those created in situ on the banks of rivers and glacial nunataks – suggest precarious bodies, tethering, and weight. Tension activates each sculpture, tied in directly to the architectural features of the space. Together the work orbits around notions of shelter, hydrologic systems, and embodied memory, blending utilitarian technology with domestic handiwork.

Hannah Perrine Mode is an interdisciplinary artist and educator working at the confluence of visual art, community storytelling and polar science. She creates objects and installations as proxies for climate change, Earth systems, and human connection. Through public engagement and performance, she facilitates ways to bring the vastness of geologic time to an intimate human scale. Often combining place-based making with participatory events, she teaches art as a tool for creative thinking, science communication, and public outreach – utilizing abstract art to deepen connection to geologic forces and foster an intersectional approach to climate studies. 

Hannah has collaborated with environmental science and outdoor organizations around the world. She serves as an academic council member and art faculty for the Juneau Icefield Research Program in Southeast Alaska, and has been a Visiting Artist with the International Arctic Science Committee in Iceland and Chulengo Expeditions in Patagonia. She was an Artist-in-Residence with Google, the National Park Service/Parks Canada, Alaska State Parks, and Vermont Studio Center. She is a co-founder of Erratics, a collaborative curatorial working group exploring empathy and geology. 

Hannah has an MFA in Studio Art from Mills College and a BS in Studio Art from Skidmore College. She is currently the Barstow Artist-in-Residence at Central Michigan University.

September 10 – October 1, 2020

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