Layers: Earth Science, Painting, Teaching and an Exhibition

By Judith Waller and James A. Brey.

Published by The International Journal of the Constructed Environment

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As an earth scientist (former Geography/Geology Professor and now Director of the Education Program at The American Meteorological Society) and a painter (Art Professor), we have together many years of collaborative teaching and scholarly work. We are now engaged in producing an exhibition of paintings and accompanying explanatory essays focusing on layers, a nexus of our two disciplines. It is fundamentally why we work together and why we have and will in the future because it means that the product is greater than the sum of the parts. Our exhibition (in progress for 2012) entitled Layers will highlight threats to selected beloved and treasured cities and areas.

The natural world is composed of layers, paintings are often layered and the built environment is often constructed in layers. We feel that this notion of overlapping and interleaving strata gives texture to our reality. This realization and acknowledgement is something we wish to share with those who design or study the built environment.

In this workshop, we will first describe our professional history of Layers in our collaborative teaching and professional work. We will then lead a conversation about strategy and practice that illustrates how engaged colleagues can flourish across disciplines and institutions. The result will inspire those who study, shape and build future sustainable habitable environments and, we hope, meaningfully inform our own work.

Keywords: Layers, Painting, Earth Science, Strata, Colloboration

The International Journal of the Constructed Environment, Volume 1, Issue 1, pp.181-186. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 737.019KB).

Prof. Judith Waller

Professor of Art, University of Wisconsin Colleges-Fox Valley, Menasha, Wisconsin, USA

I have taught Art at UW-Fox Valley since 1993. I have long been interested in collaborative teaching and colaborative art exhibitions. Much of the art I have worked on for the last several years highlights issues with environmental changes that impact nature. More recently, I have also become interested in responding through my paintings to the fact that some of humanity’s most beloved cities and the important art therein are confronting catastrophic loss or change. My current project is an interdisciplinary exhibition with Dr. James Brey (an earth scientist) entitled Layers.

Dr. James A. Brey

Director Education Program, American Meteorological Society, Washington, District of Columbia, USA