Slideshow: ECOCENTRIC: ART, ECOLOGY, AND ENGAGEMENT

The Gordon Parks Gallery exhibit, Ecocentric: Art, Ecology and Engagement, features artists addressing environmental issues through their work and engaging the public in their creative medium.

“Ecocentric is a term that was coined in recent years to denote a nature-centered system of values; that which directly opposes anthropocentrism (the idea that humans are the center of the universe), says gallery director Erica Rasmussen about the exhibit. “Like the development of environmentalism that seeks to protect the natural environment, Ecocentrism intends to challenge Western practices associated with culture, science and politics. In the arts there has also been an emergence of ecologically minded individuals who seek to raise our consciousness about pressing environmental issues through solution based artworks. Each of these artists not only addresses environmental issues through their work, but also engages the public in their creative practice.”

Exhibition participants include Miranda Brandon, Minneapolis; Rachel Breen, Minneapolis; and Mary Johnson; Shoreview.

Exhibit Hours

The exhibit will be on display through July 13.

Spring gallery hours are 11 a.m.–7 p.m. Monday to Thursday, and 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Summer hours are 11 a.m.–7 p.m. Monday to Thursday, and 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Saturday. The gallery is located at the university’s Saint Paul Campus in the Library and Learning Center, 645 East Seventh Street. For more information about the exhibit, contact Erica Rasmussen, gallery director, at 651-999-5942 or e-mail her at erica.rasmussen@metrostate.edu.

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