From November 15 - December 31, the Headquarters Library is hosting the Region4: Transformation Through Imagination exhibit. This collection showcases framed pieces from seventeen artists.
Region4: Transformation Through Imagination features works by seventeen artists who sought to transform the reality of the Gainesville Cabot/Koppers EPA Superfund site into images that convey both the history of the problem and the possibilities for restoration and positive change. The artists used scientific data from the site to create their art works, often forming partnerships with scientists who served as consultants on the projects. The artists have also worked to portray the concerns, hopes, beliefs and experiences of the people whose lives have been affected by the site over the past thirty years. Those who are interested in environmental and social justice issues, as well as art enthusiasts, will find this exhibit compelling and fascinating.
The Region4: Transformation Through Imagination exhibition was organized by oconnorartLLC and the Superfund Art Project (SAP) and is sponsored by the City of Gainesville’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs in collaboration with Protect Gainesville Citizens, Inc. (PGC). The exhibition and related programs are funded by a grant from the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs (DCA) and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture and are managed by oconnorartLLC, a Gainesville-based art consulting business.
Because of the widespread nature of toxic sites in Florida (there are over 60 EPA Superfund toxic sites in the state), the exhibition organizers have created a traveling version of the exhibition that can easily be hosted by smaller venues such as libraries, art centers/museums, schools or other facilities with limited exhibition space.
The exhibit also includes 4 panels of textual information about the Cabot Koppers superfund site. The exhibit is free and accessible anytime the library is open. A limited number of printed guides will also be available.
Learn more about the exhibit here.
Read more about the troublesome, ongoing history of Cabot Koppers at the library.
This exhibit is a co-sponsored endeavor: