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Eco-Art conference and symposium at SIU to focus on the art-science relationship


Mixed media sculpture created from glass, ceramic, water and found objects. (Work used with the permission of the artist: Cole Schnaudigel SIU art education)

April 01, 2022

Eco-Art conference and symposium at SIU to focus on the art-science relationship

by Kamaria Harmon

CARBONDALE, Illinois – The Eco-Art Conference and Symposium at Southern Illinois University Carbondale on April 8 will promote the interdisciplinary partnership between art and science and how it helps solve problems in our environments. The event will focus on environmental concerns, sustainability and climate change.

This professional development conference and symposium is open to the public and is aimed at professional and aspiring educators in the arts and sciences. In addition, a public exhibition of the participants’ works will be presented at the Vergette Gallery in the Allyn Building from April 3 to 8. The gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

Jody Paulson, arts education program coordinator, says she hopes the conference will answer three questions centered around areas of interest. “How do the arts deal with these questions? How does science address these concerns? How can we work together to make a difference? she says.

The conference and symposium will take place from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Student Center. Registration is available online now. Tickets range from $100 for professional educators, $80 for Illinois Art Educators Association (IAEA) members, and $25 for students. Continental breakfast and lunch will be served.

All participants attending the conference and symposium are invited to submit artwork for the exhibition. There will be a reception and announcement of the awards immediately following the conference.

Paulson said she hopes educators bring what they’ve learned back to their classrooms.

“I want them to have the confidence to have those conversations with their students,” she said. “Learn about greening your curriculum. Before asking the students to save the Earth, help them to love the Earth.

Opening speech

Hilary Inwood, outstanding post-secondary environmental education educator from the Canadian Network for Environmental Education and Communication and artist at the University of Toronto, will speak April 7 at 7 p.m. at the Morris Library Guyon Auditorium as part of the program guest artists (VAP). At her VAP talk, she will give a presentation focusing on her work as an artist and educator, and she will talk about her past work and how she became an educator.

Its free public lecture will also serve as an informal welcome for conference attendees.

At the conference, she will deliver the keynote address, “Re-Imagining Art Education as Creative Activism,” and highlight how creative activism will help solve environmental issues. Inwood will also lead a workshop, Eco-Art Education to Eco-Activism.

The workshops will be led by K-12 educators, experts, and SIU graduate and undergraduate students. A round table will close the conference, answering questions from participants and developing the relationship between art and science and its correlation with climate, environment and sustainability.

Learn more

SIU College of Arts and Media, School of Art and Design, SIU College of Liberal Arts, Southern Illinois Art Educators Association, Illinois Science Teaching Association, and the Green Fund: Sustainably Office are all sponsors of this year’s conference.

For more information regarding the Eco-Art conference and symposium, visit the website at https://conferenceservices.siu.edu/conferences/eco-art.php or contact Jody Paulson at [email protected]