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Sensory Engagement Lab Lecture: Embodying Data: Environmental sensors and kinetic sculpture as a working method.
Tuesday, October 16th | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm | Free

Cy Keener is an interdisciplinary artist focused on creating field recordings of natural phenomena and experiential representations of these recordings. Recent projects have measured rainfall on a per drop basis, recorded moments of turbulence in a river of wind with an array of 60 sensors, and deployed ocean drifters to report wave and sky conditions in the North Pacific. His gallery representations are often at the installation scale – coaxing strings of numbers into immersive light, space and sound.  Cy is an Assistant Professor of Sculpture and Emerging Technology at the University of Maryland’s Department of Art. RSVP HERE

Sensory Engagement Lab: Sense Experiments
Friday, October 26th | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm | Free

Join us for our October 26 Opening Receptions, then stay for the Science Fair!

The Sensory Engagement Lab will present prototypes and works in progress in an informal science-fair style setting. Come out and play with the interactive objects that Sensory Engagement Lab members have been working on, and speak with members about their process!

Directed by Liz Lessner, the Sensory Engagement Lab looks at how novel combinations of materials and embedded electronics contribute to sensory experience by fostering collaborations between artists, technologists, and other thinkers to produce interactive and experimental art works. RSVP HERE

The Artist’s Contract
November 4 @ 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm | $20

Learn about what copyright protects and secures in the visual arts. Empower yourself by exploring infringement, the difference between fair use and public domain, other artist’s rights, contract provisions in typical artist’s agreements, and negotiating strategies. Lawyer John Wierzbicki will provide practical examples and make it applicable to artists regardless of discipline or medium, including visual, performance, and writers.

John Wierzbicki is a California lawyer based in Rochester, NY and San Francisco, CA. For nearly a decade, he led the author contract and relationship team at Thomson Reuters’ legal publishing division. He conducts workshops for artists on artist’s rights, artistic contracts, and negotiating, preferring that to training lawyers. He likes to point out that the first contract in human history is the rainbow. RSVP HERE

Silverpoint Drawing Workshop
Sunday, November 11th | 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm | $25

Artist Andrea Evans’ exhibition is on view in the Common Ground Gallery at VisArts from October 19 – November 18, 2018. Tour the gallery with the artist to learn about her silverpoint drawing works, then create your own! Silverpoint drawing is a technique that dates back to the medieval period, which was particularly favored in the Renaissance by artists such as Leonardo da Vinci and Albrecht Dürer. This detail-oriented drawing technique uses an actual piece of silver as a drawing tool. In this workshop, participants will learn how to prepare paper with a modern silverpoint ground, make a silverpoint stylus, and learn different mark-making techniques used in silverpoint drawing. For ages 18+ RSVP HERE

Cut Paper Collage Workshop
Sunday, November 18 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm | $15

Tour artist Leslie Shellow’s exhibition in Gibbs Street Gallery and learn about how she makes her observations from the natural world to create her mixed media work. Leslie will teach participants how to use colored ink washes and contour drawing techniques to compose organic shaped abstract collages inspired by an element of nature.

Participants are encouraged to bring an object from nature that is inspiring to them. The instructor will also provide objects. Ages: 18+ RSVP HERE

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