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OUR GUEST SPEAKERS

Meet the inspiring speakers you can find throughout the Anthropocene 2019 art event.

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LISA LEBOFSKY

Professional Artist and Professor of Art

Lisa Lebofsky presents paintings that explore our emotional and physical relationship with nature. She holds her BFA in metals from SUNY New Paltz, and MFA in painting from New York Academy of Art. Lebofsky finds inspiration by traveling extensively, often to remote parts of the world, in order to immerse herself in different environments and cultures. She seeks out areas around the globe that are particularly susceptible to the impacts of climate change, and meets with local residents to discuss how their community is impacted. Regions visited include Antarctica, Newfoundland and Labrador, Greenland, and The Maldives.
Currently, Lisa is in the midst of a multi-year mission to travel around North America painting en plein air, to better know the changes happening in our environment and the people it is affecting.

May 10, 5-6pm Keynote and panel speaker

May 11 Workshop and Studio Visits

Alexander Hall

668 Indian Street, Savannah

CLARK ALEXANDER

Director and Professor at Skidaway Institute of Oceanography

Dr. Alexander presents “A Rising Tide Floods All Coasts – Sea Level Rise in Coastal Georgia.

Professor Alexander has degrees in oceanography, geology, and marine geology.   His research interests include geologic development of the Georgia coast over the past 2000 years, depth and habitat mapping in sounds and estuaries, and the impact of humans on the coastal zone and shoreline.

May 8, 6-7pm

Alexander Hall Room 108

668 Indian Street, Savannah

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ROB SUTTER

Conservation Ecologist, Enduring Conservation Outcomes

Mr. Sutter presents “Collaborative Solutions to Rising Sea Levels”

As the principal of the firm Enduring Conservation Outcomes, Rob Sutter works with non-profit conservation groups, state and federal land managing agencies, and foreign countries to develop strategic conservation plans for organizations and protected areas, establish adaptive management programs, and lead collaborative conservation efforts. His recent work has been with watershed planning in the Colorado River Basin, conservation planning for longleaf pine, and facilitating workshops on coastal resilience.

May 8, 6-7pm

Alexander Hall Room 108

668 Indian Street, Savannah

ALAN KINDLER

Savannah based oil painting artist

Mr. Kindler presents, his painting “Mother is the Invention of Necessity.”

He will discuss the relationship between nature and climate change and art. He is an accomplished figurative, landscape and still life artist who moved to Savannah as part of an effort to reduce his environmental footprint. His experience as a dream-worker and a Green Faith Fellow inform the concept and process of one of his most recent works.

May 15, 6-7pm

Alexander Hall Room 108

668 Indian Street, Savannah

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RANDY TATE

Natural resource conservationist of thirty years

 Mr. Tate will present the management of the diminishing longleaf pine ecosystem and its importance to the changing natural world. While working for The Nature Conservancy, GA Department of Natural Resources and the Longleaf Alliance Mr. Tate has found magnificent photographic opportunities while using fire as a modality to manage the longleaf pine ecosystem in Southeast Georgia. He will present his sensational artistic photographs of the controlled burns he manages.

May 17, 6-7pm

Alexander Hall Room 108

668 Indian Street, Savannah

KRISTY BURJA

Education and Youth Programs Coordinator at One Hundred Miles (OMH)

Ms. Burja presents “Taking Action for Our Coast.”. She has been educating and inspiring individuals of all ages for the last 10 years through her work in environmental education and conservation. She’ll discuss what makes Georgia’s 100-mile coast special and how OMH is helping to protect and preserve Georgia’s coast through advocacy, education and citizen engagement.

May 22, 6-7pm

Alexander Hall Room 108

668 Indian Street, Savannah

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SARAH ROSS

President and director of the Wormsloe Institute for Environmental History

Dr. Ross will present information on her research at Wormsloe where she explores its landscape in layers, including the longleaf pine ecosystem. To discover and record its natural history she uses new technological advances such as Lidar. She has introduced interdisciplinary teams that include geographers, ecologists, historians, designers, anthropologists, archaeologists, geologists and foresters to her research program at Wormsloe. They are all from the University of Georgia. The purpose of her research is to enhance knowledge in these fields and to advance best practices in the region. The researchers strive to ensure that their research has applications beyond the Wormsloe site.


May 22, 6-7pm

Alexander Hall Room 108

668 Indian Street, Savannah

LIND HOLLINGSWORTH

Mixed media specialist

Ms. Hollingsworth presents artwork informed by ecology and art history.

While teaching art history, Ms. Hollingsworth became interested in icons and the belief that visual objects can possess spiritual power. While the icons of old glorified human beings of religious significance, she created a series of icons that glorify the small everyday creatures that have supporting roles in our ecosystem. Unlike the icons believed to protect the faithful, these objects of devotion need our protection.

May 24, 6-7pm

Alexander Hall Room 108

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PAULA EUBANKS

Artist and Art Educator

A native Georgian, Paula has enjoyed a dual career as both an artist and art educator with a B.F.A., an M.F.A., and an Ed.D. from the University of Georgia. She taught photography as an associate professor of art education. As an artist she has worked in black and white silver prints, type C color prints, hand-colored silver prints and digital media. She uses color digitally enhanced prints in her more recent work depicting the potential effect of climate change and sea level rise on the historic buildings of coastal Georgia

May 24, 6-7pm

Alexander Hall Room 108

668 Indian Street, Savannah

ALEC BURRAN

B.F.A. Architecture presents his senior project “Embrace”


"Embrace" features affordable dynamic housing that will rise and fall with the storm surge, a tram line connecting myriad neighborhoods to the Victorian district, a port expansion to accommodate larger ships, and walk/bike "green breaks" facilitating wellbeing. Combining hard data, collage renders and technical drawings, Burran's presentation answers his own question: "How do we solve big issues through architectural intervention?"

April 12, 6-7pm

Alexander Hall Room 108

668 Indian Street, Savannah

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BEN MCGONNELL

B.F.A. Film, present his film “Eden Lost”

A film director, cinematographer and artist who has climbed mountains and traveled around the world to capture the glory of Earth with a tiny drone. His film leads us to ponder on the effect of humans on the earth.

Date and time to be announced

Alexander Hall Room 108

668 Indian Street, Savannah