Kenyon College

Art of Trees Visiting Scholar Talk: Elizabeth Corr

February 6, 2020 5:30pm – 6:30pm

The Art of Trees: A new social imaginary in the face of environmental crisis 

This program explores the vital and redemptive role of trees in affirming shared human experiences and restoring our kinship with nature. Critically analyzing how we appreciate, live with, use, destroy, and represent trees in life, art, science, and the humanities, this speaker series will interrogate our changing relationship with the natural world in the midst of environmental crisis.

Elizabeth Corr, Director of Art Partnerships at Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc.

Corr will discuss the visionary and sustained collaborations between artists, scientists, and environmental leaders that she has forged in her unique and innovative curatorial position that she created at NRDC, an environmental advocacy organization with three million members and online activists.

Thursday, February 6, 5:30-6:30 PM
Community Foundation Theater, Gund Gallery

A public reception will be held in the Fischman Lobby from 4:30-5:30 PM. Light refreshments will be served.

Art of Trees events are free and open to the public.

About the speaker:

Elizabeth Corr is the Director of Art Partnerships at NRDC, an international environmental nonprofit organization with over three million members and online activists. She was the first in her family to attend college, where she studied contemporary art, politics, and social change. She harnessed that knowledge to create a visionary curatorial position at NRDC, pioneering an innovative platform for thoughtful and sustained collaboration between artists and environmental leaders. Elizabeth’s work curating large-scale public art exhibitions and programming has increased public interest in and awareness of environmental issues facing communities. Elizabeth holds a master’s degree in African Studies, and a bachelor’s degree in psychology and gender/women’s studies from the University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign. Her work has been featured in publications such as The New Yorker, Earther, and PRI.

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Gund Gallery exhibitions and public programs are supported, in part, by the Gund Gallery Board of Directors and the Ohio Arts Council.


Image: Birds Watching by Jenny Kendler, NRDC Artist-in-Residence, 2018 | at Storm King Art Center as part of Indicators: Artists on Climate Change |  9ft. x 40 ft. x 1ft.