The Cross-Pollination Lectures is a series of conversations between artists and botanists that will accompany the exhibition.
Artist and UWM Fiber Professor Jennifer Angus & Dr. Kenneth Cameron Department Chair, Professor of Botany, and Director, WI State Herbarium (WIS)
Jennifer Angus is a professor in Design Studies at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. She received her BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Creating some of the most provocative work in an art museum setting, Angus’ medium is insects. Jennifer has exhibited her work internationally including in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, and Spain. She has received awards from the Canada Council, Ontario Arts Council, and the University of Wisconsin. Recently she received the inaugural Forward Art Prize for outstanding women artists of Wisconsin.
Angus’ exhibition “In the Midnight Garden”, was part of “Wonder” the inaugural exhibition that reopened the Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery in Washington, D.C. She was one of nine artists selected by curator Nicholas Bell for this landmark exhibition. Reviews of Angus’ work have appeared in Art Daily, the New York Times, the Huffington Post, Artlink, Art Papers, NY Arts Magazine, Architectural Digest, ArtNews, and many others.
In 2013, Albert Whitman and Company, Chicago, published her first novel, “In Search of Goliathus Hercules” to positive reviews. Publisher’s Weekly described it as “Roald Dahl meets Franz Kafka in this charming and unpredictable debut novel”.
Dr. Ken Cameron’s research focuses on understanding patterns and processes that shape the incredible diversity of the orchid family, but especially those orchids related to Vanilla - the natural source of the world’s most popular flavor and fragrance. His popular book, "Vanilla Orchids: Natural History & Cultivation", is now out of print and has become a collector’s item, but he continues to share his knowledge and passion for orchids widely. Together with students and colleagues around the world, Dr. Cameron has contributed significantly to our fundamental knowledge of orchid biology through research conducted in the field, greenhouse, and laboratory. He continues to work towards the goal of producing a stable system of classification for the orchid family and ensuring their conservation for future generations.
Orchids: Attraction & Deception
On view: Feb. 4 - Aug. 1
The work included in this exhibition ranges widely; fitting for an exploration of one of the largest and most diverse plant groups on the planet. From pure botanical fascination to climate change, from historical model-making to collecting and colonization, ten artists approach the orchid from very different angles. The contemporary works are accompanied by astonishing antiquarian illustrations of orchids, generously loaned from the Oak Spring Garden Foundation’s botanical library.
For more information or to register, visit barryartmuseum.odu.edu. Free and Open to the Public: Tuesday – Friday: 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM Weekends: 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM | Closed Mondays