Extinction in the Archive Exhibition: UVA Special Collections Library - Fall 2019
This exhibition emerged from my first-year undergraduate course on species extinction in art and literature in the University of Virginia's New College Curriculum.
From 2018-21 I directed eight undergraduate researchers - one from UVA's Office for Undergraduate Research and the others selected for Wolfe undergraduate research awards by the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library - as they learned to research, curate and mount an exhibition that ran from 2019 - 2020 on collections and archival materials that are records of the often invisible cultural processes contributing to anthropogenic biodiversity loss, but that frequently are not catalogued as such. We tracked the cultural pathways of extinction in botanical prints and pigment catalogues, novels and songs, women's fashion magazines, nineteenth-century trade catalogues, cookbooks and early modern travel narratives.
Sustainability Grant Project: Evaluating the Efficacy of Persuasive Aesthetic Strategies for Encouraging the Use of Sustainability Technologies for Reducing Micro-plastic Pollution at UVA - ongoing.
The UVA Extinction Club is a grass-roots student group for which I'm faculty facilitator that researches and raises awareness across the university community on sustainability issues. Recently, in collaboration with Jennifer Bair (Department of Sociology, UVA), who specializes in textile supply chains, we won a large sustainability grant to mitigate micro-plastic pollution in the university’s waste stream from student housing laundry facilities and installed microplastic filtration technologies across all first-year accommodation, capturing the microplastic waste of nearly 4,000 students at its source. We partnered with local sustainability artist, Amanda Nelsen, on public awareness programs that gave the project high visibility through events and installations that maximized its profile and potential for impact.