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Catawba College Collaborates with Georgia College on the Intersect of Art and Science

April 15, 2019

Category: Academics, Environmental Science, Faculty

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A multi-colored, tactile screen and offset litho print created from the collaboration. 

Dr. Tyler W. Davis, visiting assistant professor in Catawba College’s Department of Environment and Sustainability, visited Assistant Professor Matthew Forrest’s Advanced Printmaking class in the Department of Art at Georgia College in Milledgeville, Georgia on March 26th.  

Davis had previously conducted a virtual workshop in Forrest’s class where he discussed how GIS (geographic information systems) can be used to make visualizations of the land surface using publicly available software and data. Davis showed the class how to create geographic maps of Catawba College and Georgia College, highlighting the different ways color and symbols can be used to give meaning to the imagery. 

Forrest then made 3D cutouts of the maps, which were used by Georgia College students to create unique art using a number of processes including intaglio, photolithography, and screen printing inspired by student and faculty research on tactile-based screen printing. The endeavor highlighted how students view and assign artistic value to the scientific representations of place, part of a broader theme of looking at the nexus between art and science.  

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Davis with Georgia College students Emmanuel Nsemoh, Megan Pelli, and Lauren Spillman. 

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Davis with students in Forrest’s Advanced Printmaking class at Georgia College. 

The culmination of this semester-long partnership will be Forrest’s visit to Catawba College’s campus Thursday, April 11, 2019.  Forrest will demo screen printing with heat activated ink to Davis’s Intermediate GIS and Field GPS class. In addition, Forrest will have artwork from this collaboration on display in the lobby of the Center for the Environment from 3:00 PM Thursday through the evening, with a longer art installation running at Ennis Hall at Georgia College from April 22 to May 3, 2019.  

The intercollegiate experience was made possible by a grant from Georgia College titled New Innovations Within Art and Science Technologies. For more information about the collaboration, please contact Dr. Davis at twd17@catawba.edu.

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