Nationally recognized environmental artist part of Arboretum’s launch of 75th Anniversary events

THURSDAY, MAY 28, 2009

Some artists work in oil, pastels or watercolors. Joseph Ingoldsby has used sun and sea, a tractor, an airplane, a flat-bottom boat and more to explore and explain the art, science and technology of environmental advocacy.

Currently on exhibit through June 29 at the Arboretum Visitor Center, Ingoldsby’s “Vanishing Landscapes and Endangered Species” looks at the sensitive landscapes and endangered species of the Midwest and Northeast, from the Mississippi River to the Atlantic Ocean. Read more.

In addition Ingoldsby will speak about the issues of “Fragmentation of the Natural and Cultural Landscape” in a lecture/meet-the-artist event at the Arboretum on Sunday, June 21 at 2 p.m. This project is supported by the Dane County Cultural Affairs Commission with additional funds from the Overture Foundation and Pleasant T. Rowland Foundation.

Trained in art and landscape architecture, Ingoldsby collaborates with the communities, government, scientists, academic institutions and environmental groups to bring environmental issues to the attention of the public using art, science and technology.

“The artist can play an integral role in the raising of the public consciousness through advocacy,” says Ingoldsby. “Art can be used to communicate complex ecological and scientific principles to an audience outside of the confines of academia.”

    Recent installations include:
  • Spirits of Whooping Cranes, Necedah National Wildlife Refuge, Necedah, WI, 2009. (2009 Necedah National Wildlife Refuge Artist in Residence) An installation of hand-made, prairie fiber castings of whooping cranes set at critical points within the refuge and allowed to return to the earth, illustrating the fine line between an endangered species and an extinct species. Read more.
  • The Fields Project – Icons of the Vanishing Prairies, Oregon, IL June 2009. Monumental earthwork set in the Rock River Valley with the iconic bald eagle, gray wolf and American bison bound by a setting sun. Read more.
  • Requiem for a Drowning Landscape within Digital’08- Imagination on Behalf of the Planet, NY Hall of Science 10/2008-1/2009. Read more.
  • Fish Tales of the Last Generation, Documentary film tracing the decline of fisheries with interviews of elderly pelagic, bay and tidal river fishermen, who have seen the transition from sailing ships to factory ships and the bounty of the sea, bay and river become barren within their long lifetimes
  • Estuaries and Coasts in a Changing World, NERF, Portland, Oregon 11/2009

Located between Lake Wingra and the West Beltline Highway at 1207 Seminole Highway, the University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum features the restored prairies, forests and wetlands of pre-settlement Wisconsin. This 1,260-acre arboretum also houses flowering trees, shrubs and a world-famous lilac collection. Educational tours for groups and the general public, science and nature-based classes for all ages and abilities, and a wide variety of volunteer opportunities for groups, families and individuals are available.