Currently at The Oxbow Gallery in Northampton, artist Samuel Rowlett’s solo exhibition, “Abandoned Meanders,” beautifully documents his explorations of the Connecticut River watershed and investigations into the relationships between art and nature.
In support of its four-state Connecticut River Program, The Nature Conservancy is collaborating with Rowlett to explore how art can be a medium for community engagement.
Together, this summer, Rowlett and the Conservancy invite the public to celebrate and learn about the river and share individual experiences.
Another element of the project is an interactive web-based map that uses crowdsourcing to create a collaborative community “portrait” of New England’s largest freshwater ecosystem. The public is invited to contribute videos, artwork, research, photos and stories to this ongoing map project. Please follow the link below and click the “Add” button to upload your reflections on the watershed: http://www.samuelrowlett.com/SamuelJamesRowlett_MainMap.htm.
Samuel Rowlett earned his Master of Fine Arts degree from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. and his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, Ore. He has exhibited his work nationally and received several honors, including a fellowship from Yale University School of Art and a recent artist’s residency at MASS MoCA’s Kidspace. Rowlett has been selected for a forthcoming solo show as part of the “Step Up” exhibition series at Real Arts Ways in Hartford.
Although at heart a painter, in his work, Rowlett often filters video, performance, sculpture and various media through the lens of painting and drawing.
The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. The Conservancy and its more than 1 million members have protected nearly 120 million acres worldwide. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the Web at www.nature.org.