Art & Environment Gallery

Opening reception for "Rituals of Site"

Now on display in the Ford Commons, Dana Building

Lisa Steichmann lives and works in Ann Arbor, Michigan with her partner Jay and her dogs, River and Radar. She is an independent artist and a teacher, who currently teaches photography at the Penny W. Stamps School of Art and Design in the University of Michigan. She has taught workshops in alternative photographic processes at the Instituto Superior Tecnólogico de Artes del Ecuador (now Universidad de Artes), in Guayaquil, Ecuador, and has lectured at College of Creative Studies, Wayne State University, and has been an instructor at Washtenaw Community College since 1997. Her work traverses a range that represents her research interests into disappeared landscapes, disability studies, and community-based performance art. The finished works appear as archival wet-process photography, traditional and nontraditional alternative photographic processes, digital giclée prints, limited edition artist’s books, videos, large-scale site installations, or documentation.


About the gallery

The Art & Environment Gallery is sponsored by the School of Natural Resources & Environment and located in the Ford Commons on the first floor of the Samuel Trask Dana Building at 440 Church Street between the Chemistry Building and Randall Lab. The gallery opened in February 2012 to draw more attention to the influence of art in shaping our understanding of science and nature.

It features local and national artists whose work speaks to how people interact and understand the environment. The exhibits rotate every eight weeks and are presented in five showcases in the Dana Building’s central community space for students, staff, and faculty.

“This gallery draws attention to the intersecting values, both artistically and scientifically, of art and the environment." “Because of the way SNRE’s curriculum embraces interdisciplinary fields, it is a natural place to host this gallery. We are bringing art to our school to strengthen our sense of community and facilitate dialogue among students, faculty and staff in the spirit of green-building philosophy." ~ Sara Adlerstein, SNRE Associate Research Scientist and gallery organizer and curator.

Find out more in this feature article by Ann Arbor's eCurrent Magazine.

Art & Environment Gallery curator, Sara Adlerstein talks about art and science.