News Release News Release The City of Palo Alto
Communications Department
650-329-2607
250 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301

12/20/2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PRESS RELEASE 12162016
Subject :

Creative Ecology Artist-In-Residence Mari Andrews to Create Installation
Contact : Ken Heiman    6506173511
Mari Andrews, Milky Way (detail), 2014, installation of pods, rose hips, lichen, wire objects, overall dimension 4 x 26 ft.Mari Andrews at work in her studio
PALO ALTO, CA– Community members are invited to contribute natural materials to artist-in-residence Mari Andrews  as she creates a large installation consisting of branches, leaves, twigs, pine cones, tree bark and other objects during the second phase of Creative Ecology residency at the Palo Alto Art Center, January 4-February 27, 2017.

The first phase of Andrews’ residency took place in October when she conducted nature walks through the Art Center and Rinconada Library grounds to find and gather natural objects. Participants then turned many of these collected objects into their own sculptures, directly influenced by her work.

“The Creative Ecology residency at the Palo Alto Art Center has provided a wonderful way to share my practice of collecting natural objects and making sculpture with those objects,” says Andrews. “Autumn was the perfect season to take workshop participants—school children and the public—on walks around the very park that surrounds the Palo Alto Art Center. The local plants and trees provided more than enough diversity of fallen, natural material for building sculpture.”

Andrews’ effort is part of Creative Ecology: Exploring Our Environment with Art, Science, and the Community, an innovative program promoting appreciation of the natural world through scientific inquiry and the creative process. The effort includes artists, educators, and the larger community, and is funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and made possible through a partnership between the Palo Alto Art Center and the Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo.

Each artist residency is divided into three unique phases. The first phase takes place in the field at a local open space preserve and engages different community groups and the public in a range of activities. During the second phase of each residency, artists will take inspiration from their time on site, creating new work on-site at the Art Center. The third phase of the residency will culminate with their artwork being presented in an exhibition with related programming.

Andrews’ in-the-gallery residency will take place from January 4-February 27, 2017. She invites the public to donate natural materials to her during the creative process on the following dates and times: Jan. 14, 1-3 p.m.; Jan. 27, 7-9 p.m.; Feb. 3, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.; Feb. 4, 1-3 p.m.; and Feb. 24, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Her exhibition will be held from March 17-May 21, 2017. A free exhibition walkthrough and reception with the artist will take place on March 17, 7-8 p.m. Mari Andrews will also give a free lecture about her art and creative process on May 4, 2017, beginning at 7 p.m.

About Artist Mari Andrews:
Mari Andrews received her BFA from the University of Dayton and her MFA at the Otis Art Institute. Her work has been featured in solo exhibitions at the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art and Chandra Cerrito Gallery and group exhibitions at the de Saisset Museum, the Bedford Gallery, the David Brower Center, the Palo Alto Art Center, and the Richmond Art Center.

About The Palo Alto Art Center:
The Palo Alto Art Center is your place to discover art. See, make, and be inspired because everyone is an artist. Created by the community, for the community in 1971, the Palo Alto Art Center provides an accessible and welcoming place to engage with art. We serve approximately 90,000 people every year through a diverse range of programs.

The Palo Alto Art Center, Division of Arts and Sciences, City of Palo Alto is funded in part by grants from Silicon Valley Creates and the Palo Alto Art Center Foundation. The Palo Alto Art Center Foundation gratefully acknowledges support from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Yellow Chair Foundation, private donations, and members.

About the Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo:
The Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo, Division of Arts and Sciences, City of Palo Alto has an 80-year legacy of inspiring a passion for science, an appreciation for nature and a love of exploration. The JMZ experience can change children’s lives by introducing them to science and nature at a formative state. We provide enhanced experiences for children, from birth to middle school, offering direct access to nature and science through undirected play and exploration.

The JMZ currently serves as a primary resource for science and environmental learning for eight  of 12 Palo Alto elementary schools and for Willow Oaks School and Brentwood Academy in the Ravenswood School District. By using a trained staff of science educators who provide STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education, in-depth hands-on programs reach 16,700 students each year. Educators travel to elementary classrooms in Palo Alto, East Palo Alto, Menlo Park, San Mateo and throughout the region to provide core science classes that complement school district curriculum. 

About the Institute of Museum and Library Services:
The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 35,000 museums. Our mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. Our grant making, policy development, and research help libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive.  To learn more, visit www.imls.gov and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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