Ecological Reflections Art Exhibit at LTER “Mini-Symposium”

LTER Artwork: Fire moves through grasslands at NSF's Konza Prairie LTER Site in Kansas. Credit: Edward Sturr, Prairie Light Studio

LTER Artwork: Fire moves through grasslands at NSF’s Konza Prairie LTER Site in Kansas.
Credit: Edward Sturr, Prairie Light Studio

We are pleased to announce that art from Ecological Reflections will accompany the LTER mini-symposium. The “Ecological Reflections” art exhibit will be located in NSF’s third floor exhibition area. The exhibit opens at 4 p.m. on Feb. 28, 2013, with a talk by Frederick Swanson of United States Forest Service: “Ecological Reflections: A Sense of Place in Changing Places.”

The exhibit focuses on the question of how we respond as change comes to places we know and love. The artisitc reflections featured in this exhibit–including fiber arts, paintings, drawings, sculpture, song, photography, short films and poetry–showcase art-science collaborations at 11 LTER sites in the continental US, Alaska, and French Polynesia. Work by 39 artists and writers reflects the diverse ecology and culture of the sites they represent

The exhibit will be on display at NSF from Feb. 28 through June 15, 2013. More information can be found in the exhibit brochure: Ecological Reflections Exhibit at NSF .


Lynn Cazabon was the 2012 Artist-in-Residence for the Baltimore Ecosystem Study. Her project, Uncultivated, is an ongoing public art project consisting of geo-referenced photographs, a website (, and commercial displays, representing wild plants within urban landscapes. Commonly known as ‘weeds,’ the project draws attention to tiny pockets of wildness within the urban environment and challenges the common practice of privileging certain parts of nature at the expense of others. Uncultivated also reflects upon how urban landscapes are evolving due to the effects of global climate change. Each printed image in the project is displayed with a QR code, which when scanned with a mobile device connects to its corresponding webpage containing detailed information on all the plants found in the image, their location, and the date it was taken. The public displays are designed to deepen awareness of the immediate surroundings of the viewer by displaying a photograph taken in close proximity.