The Biorenewables Art Competition 2017 Opening Reception will be held Apr. 21, 2017, 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. in the BRL lobby. There will be a short program around 4:15 to announce the winners. Light refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to the public. See a PDF of the Borenewables Art Opening Reception Poster
Artwork submitted in the Biorenewables Art Competition 2017 should reflect the Bioeconomy Institute’s mission, which is economic, environmental and social sustainability to advance development of biorenewable resources for the production of fuels, energy, materials, and chemicals. BEI is located in the Biorenewables Research Laboratory on the Iowa State campus.
The Biorenewables Art Competition 2017 is open to all students in Iowa State’s College of Design. They may partner or collaborate with any other Iowa State student. Students may submit up to two entries.
Jurors consist of two art jurors and one scientific juror. Jurors for 2017:
Kristin M. Roach creates interdisciplinary works inspired by scientific research, using reclaimed materials that explore how we, as a culture, are dealing with our own extinction. Roach’s art and zines are internationally exhibited and collected and her book, Mend it Better, has been published worldwide. She currently lives and works in Ames, Iowa. You can view her portfolio at www.kristinmroach.com. Roach is our returning juror from the 2016 competition.
Alison Ferrris is senior curator at the Des Moines Art Center, For the last five years, Ferris was a curator at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center where she curated a number of ambitious exhibitions including The Drawing Season (2012); the kids are all right (2013 – traveling to the Weatherspoon Art Museum and the Addison Gallery of American Art); Uncommon Ground (2014); Material Fix (2015); Photography and the Scientific Spirit (2015); and Ann Hamilton: draw (2015). Ferris also served as guest curator for the Portland Museum of Art 2015 Biennial: You Can’t Get There from Here.
Patrick Hall is a research scientist at Iowa State University’s Bioeconomy Institute (BEI). He has experience in industry as well as in research and development of biofuels and other biorenewable products. Patrick is currently working on his Ph.D. at Iowa State University. Hall is the scientific juror.
Jurors will select works for the BRL student art exhibit as well as award cash prizes for best in show ($750), first place ($350), second place ($250), and third place ($150). The best-in-show piece will become a permanent part of the BRL art collection. Entries selected by the jurors will be displayed in the BRL lobby or administrative suite for about one year.
The competition was the result of a collaboration among Jill Euken of the Bioeconomy Institute (BEI) and Ingrid Lilligren and Barb Walton, both professors in Iowa College of Design. The student art exhibit represents the collaborative nature of the building and the research being conducted at Iowa State University. The competition began in 2010, when the BRL was opened, making 2017 the 8th annual event.
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Barbara Walton, Associate Professor, Integrated Studio Arts | firstname.lastname@example.org | 515-294-1046
Ingrid Lilligren, Professor and Chair, Art and Visual Culture| email@example.com | 515-294-8883
Robert Mills, Communications & Marketing, Bioeconomy Institute | firstname.lastname@example.org | 515-294-4459