Monday, April 4, 2016 - 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Williams Center 108
Brandon Ballengée
Free. Book signing follows.

Join artist and biologist Dr. Brandon Ballengée for an illustrated presentation of his artwork focused on avian species and conservation. A book signing follows.

Since the beginning of art, avian species have captured the human imagination with visions of flight and aspirations of freedom. Such birds even inspired Charles Darwin and influenced his ideas on species changing over time. Yet, what does it mean when an individual bird’s gift of flight is taken away because of chemicals impacting development? Or an ancient avian species (feathered dinosaur) disappears completely within our lifetime? Today many types of birds are suffering from unprecedented declines, especially migratory species (in Northeast alone, over 300 species annually migrate through). Unfortunately, they often become, exhausted, injured or are killed trying to find shelter and food as many become disoriented by illuminated structures or collide into deceptive building glass. As Rachel Carlson predicted long ago, spring has grown increasingly quiet.

Ballengée’s bird related artworks were the subject of a new bookFrom Scales to Feathers copublished by the Williams Center Gallery at Lafayette College, the Shrewsbury Museum and Gallery (UK), and the Museum Het Domaine (Netherlands). The book also includes an essay by Robert S. Mattison, of the Department of Art.

Ballengée's exhibit of prints from the limited edition portfolio “A Habit of Deciding Influence: Pigeons from Charles Darwin’s Breeding Experiments,” is on display in the Williams Center Lobby through April 9.

Image: Brandon Ballengée, RIP, Untitled, from the Silent Migration series, 2005-07, unique chromogenic print,  The artist holds a bird killed in a collision with a window.

Artist, biologist and environmental educator, Brandon Ballengée creates transdisciplinary artworks inspired from his ecological field and laboratory research. Since 1996, a central investigation focus has been the occurrence of developmental deformities and population declines among amphibians and other ectothermic vertebrates.in2011 he was awarded a conservation leadership fellowship from the National Audubon Society’s TogetherGreen Program (USA). Ballengée’s art has been exhibited internationally. a mid-career retrospective of his work will open this fall at the University of Wyoming Art Museum. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Plymouth (England) in collaboration with the Hochschule für Gestaltung Zürich (Switzerland). Currently he is a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Biological Sciences Department at Louisiana State University studying the impact on fishes from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

Sponsored by: 
Lafayette Art Galleries, Department of Art