Ecological artist Jackie Brookner addresses sustainability through art in a presentation at Xavier

She is the final lecturer in Xavier"s Ethics/Religion and Society Series | April 8, 2011

Ecological artist Jackie Brookner is addressing environmentally sustainable art in her presentation, “On the Waterfront—Living Cities, Water and Expanded Art Practice,” on Sunday, April 10, at 7:00 p.m. in the Schiff Conference Center at the Cintas Center.

Brookner is an ecological artist who creates environmentally sustainable art through Biosculptures™. These living sculptures use plants to collect and clean polluted water from stormwater, runoff and wetlands while also serving as public works of art for the community.

Brookner’s work improves both water quality and water quantity in a thought-provoking, artistic manner. She is a contributing author to Urban Rain: Stormwater as Resource and former teaching fellow at Harvard University. She has recently brought her work to Cincinnati with her Laughing Brook project in Salway Park as part of the Millcreek Restoration Project.

She has won awards for her work including the New York Foundation for the Arts, Interdisciplinary WorkAmerican Public Works Association, Public Works Project of the Year Award, Roosevelt Community Center, Toledo artNET Public Art Landscape Design Competition and numerous faculty development grants from Parsons School of Design.

The purpose of the Ethics/Religion and Society program is to encourage ethical and/or religious analysis of socially significant issues. For 2010-2011, the focus is “Green Urbanism” under the general three-year theme of “Ecology and Sustainability.” Speakers are offering reflections on various issues associated with sustaining human life through food production.

The lecture series is one part of the Ethics/Religion and Society (E/RS) program, which has been recognized by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). The NEH awarded the program a challenge grant of $400,000, requiring the University to raise an additional $1.6 million in order to establish an endowed chair, purchase library and computer resources, support a lecture series and provide continuing education opportunities for faculty.

The lecture is free and open to the public. The event is co-sponsored by the Department of Art.