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CalArts Alumnus Stephen Nowlin’s ENERGY Show Extended Through January 23, 2011

Director of the Alyce de Roulet Williamson Gallery at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, and CalArts alumnus, Stephen Nowlin (BFA Design 71) has curated a beautiful and multifaceted exhibition, simply titled ENERGY, which is currently on view at Art Center through Jan. 23, 2011.

Nowlin has long been a significant voice in the contemporary discourse between art and science. In his 18 years as director of the Willamson Gallery he has curated a number of exhibitions exploring this relationship, often partnering with colleagues at Caltech, and featuring artists who work at the intersection of art and science.

The exhibition includes two large-scale video and sculpture installations by L.A. artist Rebeca Méndez; a series of works by New York photographer Richard Barnes; small-scale archival videos documenting post-war growth in energy consumption and Cold War fears driving the development of atomic weapons; and artifacts from scientific exploration at the beginning of the modern industrial era.

Finally, to directly connect ENERGY to Art Center’s students, Nowlin invited a class called “Design for Sustainability” to install its solutions to energy-based assignments on a wall in the exhibit. As it unfolds over the course of the semester, the wall continually changes, becoming “like a performance piece”–pedagogy on display. Assignments revolve around a designed product’s extended life-cycle analysis. Working within the context of the exhibition, says Nowlin, “reminds students that if they want to be enlightened designers for the 21st century, they need to understand issues relating humans to their environment. And to do that, they must factor science into their design equations.”

In June 2011 The Institute for Figuring, founded by Chair of CalArts’ Writing Program in the School of Critical Studies, Christine Wertheim, and her sister Margaret Wertheim, will bring their Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef to the Williamson Gallery. Currently on view at the Smithsonian Institution’s Sant Ocean Hall in Washington, D.C. through April 24, 2011, The Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef, weaves together strands of art, science, mathematics, and conservation.

More information about the current exhibition can be found on the Williamson Gallery’s website or on its Facebook page.

ENERGY

Willamson Gallery

Art Center College of Design

1700 Lida St., Pasadena

through Jan. 23, 2011

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Calling international graduates of the visual arts working with recycled and re-used materials to enter the Creative Graduate Prize 2010!

The Creative Graduate Prize™ was founded by sustainable innovation think tank and laboratory Societás™ in 2005, in partnership with online arts platform Medium Magazine. The prize has gained a global reputation for spotting the future stars of the art world, with previous winners from as far and wide as USA, China, Japan, Singapore, Netherlands, Poland, United Kingdom, Ireland, Italy, France, Germany, Mozambique and Canada.

This year’s jury is made up of leaders from the international creative industries known for their ability to spot the best emerging talent across the visual arts disciplines, including Yann Mathius – director of talent incubator the Design Laboratory and of online arts platform Jotta.com; Hussain Chalayan and SHOWstudio collaborator, artist and craftmaker Lone Sigurdsson, founder of WasteKnot; trend spotter and champion of female creative talent from around the world, Chauncey Zalkin, founder of What Women Make; acclaimed British artist Tessa Farmer and Creative Graduate Prize™ founders publisher of Medium Magazine Laurie Cansfield and founding director of Societás™ and NEW FRONTIERS™ Melissa Sterry.

The Creative Graduate Prize™ 2010 is supported by media partners including online arts platform Pelime, champion of graduate talent Cut Click magazine, female talent hub What Women Make and online arts platform of Central Saint Martins and the University of Arts Jotta.com. Galleries supporting the prize include amongst others Material and Lazarides.

Past winners and runners-up include amongst others New York based Japanese illustrator Yoko Furusho, British photographer David George, Dutch installation artist Florian de Visser, Polish sculptor Halina Mrozek, Canadian photographer Edith Maybin, New York photographer Carrie Schechter, Singapore digital artist Cai Jia Eng, Chinese illustrator Li Li, Cardiff filmmaker Gareth Lloyd and British artist Alex Bunn.

The theme of this year’s prize is ‘Illusion’ and the deadline has been extended from the 17th to the 31st October 2010.

Entrants should submit a piece of 2D, 3D or Linear work using recycled or reused materials.

Entries should be sent to submissions (at) mediummagazine.net (subject: CGP). Entrants must include their name, nationality, the college or university they attended and the qualification they gained (CGP is open to graduates only), the title of the work and details of the the recycled/reused materials used. The entry should be sent in the following formats: 2D – JPG, min. 72dpi / 1000pix wide; 3D – photos of work, JPG, min. 72dpi / 1000pix wide; Video – MPG, up to 12mb; Audio – MP3, up to 12mb; Text – Email or Word Doc

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