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Oceans of Plastic

Oceans of Plastic
This visual art residency is two-fold in that students learn about:  1) the marine food web and 2) recycling and issues relating to pollution in our oceans.  Students will select animals from the marine ecosystem, make them out of collected plastic, and install them in a marine food web alongside information on the plastic accumulating in our oceans.  To assist students in creating this educational installation, the artist will provide information relating to problems of “single-use” plastic, the gyres of plastic rapidly forming in oceans, the importance of recycling, and possible ways we might prevent overuse.  Additionally, the artist will give a presentation on her work as an environmental artist.

Artist Background

Bryant Holsenbeck has worked with school children and community groups throughout the south for over 20 years. She is the recipient of two NC Arts Council fellowships. Her specialty is encouraging students to use everyday, throw-away materials to make art. She has taught workshops at Penland School of Crafts in, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts and Arrowmont school of Crafts. Bryant is on the NC Arts Council Touring Artist Roster and she was the recipient of the Kathryn H. Wallace Award for artists in community service granted by the Greater Triangle Community Foundation. She was also one of the founders of the Scrap Exchange in Durham NC. She has also done large scale community installations at ASU, Duke University and NC State.

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