Meg Webster Named Cornell University Teiger Mentor in the Arts

An installation view image of Meg Webster's 2016 solar grow room with glowing magenta and violet lights

Installation view of Meg Webster's Solar Grow Room (2016), raised wooden planters, vegetation, off-grid solar powered electrical system, grow lights, dimensions variable. Steven Probert / Paula Cooper Gallery

January 18, 2017

Editor's Note (February 8, 2017): Due to unforeseen circumstances, Meg Webster is unable to be the Teiger Mentor for the spring 2017 semester. 

The Department of Art at Cornell University has named Meg Webster as the Teiger Mentor in the Arts for the spring 2017 semester. Webster is a New York City-based artist who uses organic materials to draw attention to delicate balances within the natural environment. Webster's most recent work extends her environmentalist trajectory and introduces contemporary artificial conditions with technological enhancements including solar powered LED grow lights. While adopting the use of new materials, the result continues to prompt critical questions for humans regarding their place in nature and sustainable practices across art and life.

"I'm thrilled to welcome Meg Webster to Cornell this spring semester as our Teiger Mentor in the Arts, having followed her work closely for more than 35 years," says Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies Carl Ostendarp. "Her site-specific installations and sculptures comprised of natural materials draw awareness to the complexity and vulnerability of the natural environment in profoundly experiential ways. I have no doubt that Webster's engagement as a mentor in the Department of Art will be intellectually stimulating and inspiring for our student and faculty community."

Webster has exhibited widely throughout the U.S. and Europe. Her work was recently exhibited in solo exhibitions at Paula Cooper Gallery in New York City and Villa Panza in Varese, Italy. She was also commissioned to install a project for LANDMARK, a group exhibition of environmental and land artists who were invited to display work at the Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City in the summer of 2016. Other recent group exhibitions include Entropie: L'Ordre Cache, saison 2 at FRAC Bourgogne in Dijon, France; The Mannequin of History, Art After Fabrication of Critique and Culture at EXPO Modena 2015 in Modena, Italy; Belle Haleine, The Scent of Art at Museum Tinguely in Basel, Switzerland; and Art of Its Own Making at The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts in St. Louis, Missouri. Webster's work is held in public collections at The Whitney Museum, the Walker Art Center, the Soloman R. Guggenheim Museum, and The Panza Collection, among others.

As Teiger Mentor, Webster will visit campus multiple times during the spring semester, and spend several days of each visit meeting and working with students in the Department of Art. 

The Teiger Mentor in the Arts Program was created with a gift from David Teiger '51, a graduate of the School of Hotel Administration. Teiger, who died in December 2014, was a management consultant who lived in Bernardsville, New Jersey. Teiger was a contemporary art collector and patron of curatorial projects and exhibitions throughout the U.S. and Europe. Webster is the eighth Teiger Mentor to date. Previous mentors have been Craig Kalpakjian, Sam Durant, Sharon Hayes, Leslie Hewitt, Alejandro Cesarco, Shannon Ebner, and Josiah McElheny.

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