Plenary Panel – Expeditions, Experiments, and the Ocean: Arts and Sciences at Sea

Friday, November 2, 2018, 9:00-10:30am

This panel will examine research intersections of art and science in a conversation with artist and UGA Delta Visiting Chair Rebecca Rutstein, and Samantha Joye, Athletic Association Professor in Arts and Sciences in the Department of Marine Sciences at the University of Georgia. Joye and Rutstein will go on an ocean expedition together to Guaymas Basin following the conference, including a dive in the deep sea submersible, Alvin, and will follow-up about their joint experiences at UGA in the spring of 2019. As part of the conference, Rutstein will create a sixty-four foot long interactive sculptural installation with laser cut steel and LED lights, and a monumental four-part painting installation at the Georgia Museum of Art to be featured during the a2ru conference. She will also exhibit a mural sized banner at the Lamar Dodd School of Art. Rutstein’s work will reflect Joye’s previous expedition to the Guaymas Basin, shedding light on the unique processes occurring at this unusual hydrothermal vent location.


Nicholas Allen is Director of the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts and Franklin Professor of English at the University of Georgia. He has published several books on Ireland and its literature, has been the Burns Visiting Scholar at Boston College, and has received many grants and awards, including from the Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Irish Research Council.

Samantha Joye is Athletic Association Professor in Arts and Sciences in the Department of Marine Sciences at the University of Georgia. Joye’s research examines the complex feedbacks that drive elemental cycling in coastal and open ocean environments, and the effects of climate change and anthropogenic disturbances on critical environmental processes to gain a better understanding of how future changes will affect ecosystem functioning. Her work in deep sea extreme environments explores how microbial processes interact with geological and physical processes.

Rebecca Rutstein – whose work spans painting, interactive sculpture and public art – is a visual artist who explores abstraction inspired by geology, microbiology and marine science. Rutstein has completed art residencies around the world, both on land, and at sea aboard research ships, collaborating with scientists through fellowships from Ocean Exploration Trust, Schmidt Ocean Institute and the National Academies of Sciences – Keck Futures Initiative. Through NSF funding, she is slated to make her first descents to the ocean floor in the deep-sea submersible, Alvin, in October & November 2018, with science teams from Temple University and University of Georgia. She has been selected as University of Georgia’s 2018-19 Delta Visiting Chair for Global Understanding with a yearlong solo exhibition at the Georgia Museum of Art. Her work has been featured on NPR and in the Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post and Vice Magazine. With over twenty-five solo exhibitions, Rutstein has exhibited widely in museums and institutions and has received numerous awards including a Pew Fellowship in the Arts, an Independence Foundation Fellowship and a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Grant. Her work can be found in public collections including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Temple University. Rutstein holds a BFA (Magna Cum Laude) from Cornell University, with abroad study in Rome, Italy, and an MFA from University of Pennsylvania. She has been a visiting artist at museums and universities across the U.S. and enjoys speaking about the intersection of art and science.


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