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Just a few months after her Layers: Places in Peril paintings were featured in the magazine Issues in Science and Technology, University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley faculty member Judith Waller is preparing a new exhibit entitled small problems, Big Trouble.

Waller, an art professor at UWFox, partnered with UWFox professor emeritus and director of education for the American Meteorological Society Dr. James A. Brey in 2012 for “Layers: Places in Peril,” a collaborative exhibition that used art and text to address the confluence of human activity, including city planning and structure, with increased hazard vulnerability due to global climate change and natural disasters. The exhibit had a successful run at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania Museum in 2013 and will continue to tour in the next year. Waller and Brey made presentations at a number of venues in the United States and in Lisbon, Portugal. Some of the works were featured in the winter 2014 Issues in Science and Technology magazine, which is co-published by the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, the Institute of Medicine, University of Texas at Dallas and Arizona State University. Based in part on the exhibition model that made Layers so successful, Waller is planning a new exhibit to debut at UWFox’s Aylward Gallery next year.

Set to open in April 2015, Waller found inspiration for small problems, Big Trouble (spBT) from conversations with university and other professional science researchers and educators. The result is Waller’s original 18” x 18” oil paintings accompanied by text panels authored by each of the science experts, which are as much the focus of the show as the art.

“The oil paintings are about the size of a mirror, and my intention is that the problems depicted are those we increasingly need to face,” Waller said. “The subjects of the paintings are intended to suggest our collective reflections of shared current and future reality. The paintings incorporate both naturalistic rendering and abstract form.”

 Brey, who is once again working with Waller as science advisor and primary content contributor, worked with Waller on the original premise of spBT.

“When contemporary science and policy issues are paired with contemporary art, the topic at hand becomes truly interdisciplinary and can be understood from new perspectives,” Waller and Brey said. “The art and the ‘issues’ may or may not have direct links but make some sense together.”


Posted on 7/03/2014