UC Davis Art/Science Fusion Program Sponsoring Judit Hersko Presentation on Jan. 18
Jan. 10, 2012
DAVIS--The UC Davis Art/Science Fusion Program will sponsor a presentation by distinguished process-based visual artist Judit Hersko from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 18 in the Walter Buehler Alumni and Visitors Center, UC Davis.
Judit Hersko will give a presentation at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 18 in the Buehler Alumni and Visitors' Center.
In her presentation, "Pages from the Book of the Unknown Explorer," the installation artist will examine polar exploration and science with her performance, described as “richly visual” and that will “invoke art, art, Antarctic ecology, oceanography and biology, microscopic and global phenomena, and changing perceptions of science.”
Hersko, an assistant professor in the Visual and Performing Arts Department at California State University, San Marcos, has exhibited her work widely throughout the United States and Europe. In 1991 she was a visiting artist at the Women's Museum in Bonn, Germany and in 1997 she represented her native Hungary at the Venice Biennale.
Her work has been shown in Germany, Austria, Hungary, Spain, and in many cities around the United States including Chicago, New York, Los Angeles and San Diego. The recipient of an Artslink Collaborative Grant and a California Arts Council Visual Arts Fellowship in Sculpture, she recently was invited as a fellow to the Lucas Artists Residency Program at Montalvo. She has several pieces in museum collections including The Museum of Contemporary Art, Ludwig Museum in Budapest.
Hersko's work has been the subject of many publications, including articles in Sculpture magazine, Art in America and the Los Angeles Times.
She received her master of fine arts in sculpture from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1989.
The UC Davis Art/Science Fusion Program, co-founded (2006) and co-directed by Diane Ullman and Donna Billick, is a pioneering program in the use of an art-science fusion paradigm in undergraduate education and community outreach.
Ullman, professor and former chair of the UC Davis Department of Entomology, is the associate dean for undergraduate academic programs in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.
Billick, a self-described “rock artist,” is an alumna of UC Davis (bachelor of science degree in genetics in 1973 and her master’s degree in fine arts in 1977).
The Art/Science Fusion Program includes design faculty, science faculty, museum educators, professional artists and UC Davis students. “Participants see and feel art and science, hold it in their hands, hearts and memories—in ceramics, painting, photographs, music, and textiles,” Ullman said.
The Jan. 18th event is part of the Speaker Series, "The Consilience of Art and Science" and is sponsored in part by a grant from the National Science Foundation.
--Kathy Keatley Garvey
UC Davis Department of Entomology