PSU accepting applications for summer Eco-Art institute

March 9th, 2006 by Adam

Plymouth State University is seeking creative, artistic and environmentally-aware high school students to participate in a weeklong summer workshop that will explore the connections between artistic expression and environmental issues, using the Pemigewasset River as an inspiration.

This July, PSU’s College of Graduate Studies and the Friends of the Arts Regional Arts Council will present Exploring Eco-Art: Art and the Environment, an intensive visual arts course that combines hands-on arts workshops, guest speakers on local environmental issues and examination of contemporary environmental artwork.

During this institute, open to high school juniors and seniors, students will get the chance to work side by side with nationally-renowned environmental artist Ann Rosenthal. As an Artist-in-Residence, Rosenthal will work closely with students to create projects that raise awareness of local environmental issues surrounding the Pemi River. Rosenthal has exhibited her work throughout the United States, exploring issues such as nuclear war, water pollution and sustainable living. She plans to install artwork at the Karl Drerup Art Gallery that explores Plymouth’s relationship to its nearby water source. During the week, the artist will lead a gallery walk, take students on a site visit to the Pemi and help them plan and create their artworks. Students and their families are also invited to attend the opening reception for Rosenthal’s exhibit on Monday, July 17.

In addition to Rosenthal, the course will be facilitated by Nashua High School South art department head Robin Peringer, PSU Art Education professor Cynthia Vascak, Art Department Chair Bill Haust, Friends of the Arts Program Director Cynthia Robinson, Center for the Environment Director Steve Kahl and Karl Drerup Art Gallery Director Catherine Amidon.

The weeklong workshop will give students the opportunity to participate in the artistic process from beginning to end, planning, creating and displaying their environmental artworks. Students will choose from a variety of studio workshops, including field sketching, combining text and images, watercolor painting, digital manipulation, multi-plate printing, matting and framing and journaling. Speakers from the Center for the Environment will provide information on local environmental issues and land management. On Friday, students will have the chance to mat and install their own artwork in the gallery.

Exploring Eco-Art: Art and the Environment will take place at the Draper & Maynard Building on the PSU campus, July 17-21. The course is limited to 16 participants to ensure that each student receives individual attention. The cost for the weeklong workshop is $500, which includes materials, workshops and lunches. The course is presented in collaboration with the Karl Drerup Art Gallery, the PSU Art Department and the PSU Center for the Environment.

For more information, contact the College of Graduate Studies at (603) 535-2734 or download a registration form and brochure at

Plymouth State University (PSU) is a regional comprehensive university offering a rich, student-focused learning environment for both undergraduate and graduate students. PSU offers 42 majors and 62 minors in programs that include education, business, humanities, arts, and natural and social sciences. The College of Graduate Studies offers coursework that promotes research, best practices and reflection in locations on- and off-campus as well as online. For non-traditional students, PSU’s Frost School of Continuing and Professional Studies offers working professionals opportunities to pursue an undergraduate degree by attending classes in the evenings, weekends and online. Located in a beautiful New England setting, Plymouth State University has been recognized as one of the “Best in the Northeast” by The Princeton Review.