Turfs: Invasive Species as Art
During the spring semester the students of the Turfs Class worked with Warren Allmon, professor of earth and atmospheric sciences and director of the Museum of The Earth, to investigate fossils and invasive species. Additionally, the students studied invasive insects with senior extension associate Richard Hoebeke in the Entomology Collection and explored the Edwards Lake Cliffs Natural Areas in Lansing, New York with Todd Bittner, natural areas director of The Cornell Plantations. The students also attended a lecture by David Corson, curator of the History of Science Collection at the Rare and Manuscripts Collection, Kroch Library. As a result, the students produced portfolios of traditional lithographs printed from stone in a limited edition of twenty impressions. They also created larger works printed from photo-positive aluminum plates.
The special topics class was taught by Gregory Page, associate professor of art, and teaching assistant Ruth Oppenheim. Special thanks to all the participants for making these projects possible and to the Olin Library Department of Preservation and Collection Maintenance for direction and assistance in making the portfolio cases.
Thursday, September 16