Winner of The Hangout Public Art Competition, Agnes Scott’s BK Hart
Last spring the Office of Sustainability partnered with Professor Nell Ruby’s sculpture class to create sculptures out of recycled material. One of those students was Belinda Hart who was chosen as the winner of the Hangout in Gulf Shores Public Art Competition!
Visit Belinda’s blog here: http://bkhart.me/
Check out the press release and picture below:
Photo Credit: Victoria Campbell
B.K. Hart: Winner of Hangout Public Art Competition
In fall 2011 The Hangout, in association with the Coastal Arts Center at
Orange Beach (formerly Orange Beach Arts Center), sponsored a public art
competition for visual arts students throughout the Southeast. College and
university students were encouraged to focus on overall artistic quality,
conceptualization and innovative use of materials to create weather-friendly
large scale public art. In February, the $3000 stipend was awarded to
Agnes Scott studio arts major, Belinda Hart, for her proposal entitled “When
I Visit your Home” which uses upcycled milk jugs, soda cans, and other
discarded materials to create three dimensional images of marine life.
Hart is passionate about raising awareness of ‘the threat to ocean life and
creating a lasting connection for the viewer between common items of plastic
and refuse and the need to dispose of them responsibly.’ Her approach is
one of subtle aesthetics rather than ‘in your face activism’ and she has
learned to allow ‘the material to teach her about itself, what it can and
cannot do, and the scope of its possibility’ rather than trying ‘to force
the materials to become completely unrecognizable as trash’.
This sculpture will be her largest to date and has become the focus of one
of her senior classes. Her past work explored these materials on a smaller
scale and the beauty she evokes from a simple plastic water bottle is
striking. She states, “My goal is to draw the viewer in before they realize
they are seeing trash and allow them to have their own personal interaction
with each piece by suggesting possibilities they might relate to from their
Nell Ruby, Chair of the Art Department at Agnes Scott, is Hart’s major
professor and advisor. She describes Hart and the Hangout Competition as
follows, “Sometimes you get a student who only needs a witness and
permission. Belinda is that kind of student. She’s got a good idea, a
disciplined work ethic, and energy a go-go. When students can incorporate
real life projects into their schooling, they get the best of all worlds:
support and recognition that what they are pursuing theoretically actually
pans out into practice.”
The Hangout’s support of the arts crosses the spectrum from schoolchildren
to rock stars. The Hangout Public Art Competition, in its first year,
allows committed and passionate artist the opportunity to step out of the
university arena and onto a grand stage, motivating and energizing her to
expand the articulation of her creative vision. In fact, just as Hart
allows the recyclable material teach her about its scope of possibility,
this competition allows her to examine the scope of her own possibilities.
"We think this is a wonderful opportunity for young artists with initiative.
As an annual competition, we envision this event (as well as the Emerging
Artists Exhibit) becoming highly competitive. We are very fortunate to have
progressive minded businesses such as The Hangout who see the importance of
public/private art initiatives,” says Juli Jordan, Visiting Artists and
Special Exhibits Administrator, Coastal Arts Center.
Last year The Hangout became the presenting sponsor of the third annual
Emerging Artists Exhibit at the Coastal Arts Center at Orange Beach allowing
the arts center to double the total monetary awards available to chosen
artists. To learn more about the Coastal Arts Center and Belinda Hart’s
upcycling work visit <http://www.orangebeachartcenter.com/>
www.orangebeachartcenter.com or call 251.981.2787. To learn more about The
Hangout visit the website at www.thehangoutal.com.
WE HAVE ACHIEVED SILVER!
We completed our submission for the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS). STARS is a self reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance created by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). We are proud to announce we have achieved a silver rating!
Check out this infographic about The True Cost of Commuting! (Click picture to see article)
Here is an energy saving tip!
Check out the All-Hall-O-Ween energy competition here:
So far Inman is winning, but it looks like Winship is trying to catch up to them.
Keep up the good work!
More Volunteers Needed!
Our friends at the Lifecycle Building Center have extended dates for salvaging materials and they need more volunteers!
The following dates are available for volunteers:
Shifts are from 8:30am-12:30pm & 1-5pm each day. Lunch is provided and so far they’ve had great lunches provided by Delia’s, Willy’s & Community Q BBQ.
If you are interested in volunteering for any of those dates please send an e-mail to Shannon Goodman (Shannon.Goodman@perkinswill.com) confirming you are a U.S. citizen and eligible to work in the United States by providing the following information:
- Full name (including middle name)
- Date of birth
- City/State they were born in
- Email address/cell #
-What day and time you would like to volunteer.
Decatur Electronics Recycling
Decatur's Electronics Recycling Day is nearly upon us!
Who: You! (or anyone equally as enthusiastic or even mildly interested in recycling)
What: Recycling for almost all electronics and batteries. For a complete list check out the website at http://www.decaturga.com/index.aspx?page=138.
When: October 29, 2011, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Decatur High School Parking lot (corner of McDonough and Howard)
Why (the most important part): Electronics often have potentially hazardous materials (lead, mercury, etc.), making them some of the most important items to keep out of a landfill.
We will take a small volume of small electronics over from the sustainability office should you need help transporting any smaller items. Don’t hang out in Decatur on Saturday mornings? I can also help you locate electronics recycling in your area. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to email firstname.lastname@example.org!
Attention all Volunteers!
The Lifecycle Building Center (http://www.lifecyclebuildingcenter.org/) is a non-profit led by Adam Deck (a friend of the Office of Sustainability who helped with our recent energy upgrade project).
Over the next two weekends (October 8/9 & 15/16) from 8:30am-5:00pm, they will be salvaging materials ranging from lighting to cabinets to shelving from a CDC building at Emory so that they can be repurposed rather than sent to landfills. They are seeking volunteers to help with this effort and would love to invite people from the Agnes Scott Community.
This past weekend was a great success and you can see pictures of volunteers salvaging materials here:
The only requirements of volunteers are that they need to be 18 years or older and a U.S. citizen. Both morning and afternoon shifts are available.
For volunteers this coming weekend (Oct. 8/9), please let our contacts know by Wednesday October 5th.
For the following weekend (Oct. 15/16), please let our contacts know by next Wednesday, Oct. 12.
If you are interested in volunteering please send an e-mail to either one of our two contacts below:
Agnes Scott College’s Tofu Board: A friendly beef board about sustainability
The “Tofu Board” is a way for the Environmental Residents to deliver messages from the sustainability office to the residence halls.
If students have any questions about sustainability on campus, in the halls, or in the world in general, write them down and your questions will be answered.
- We answer all questions about recycling, composting, and terracycling.
- Write down general problems and concerns about the things you see on your hall or at Agnes.
Know that the Environmental Resident’s (ER’s) refer back to ASC Sustainability Office in Bullock G-08
So lets continue to keep Agnes Scott Eco-Friendly and Sustainable!!!
Get ready for our first energy-reduction competition! It’ll be a fierce first-year battle. Winner takes all.
What’s the prize? Knowing you made a positive impact on your campus’s energy consumption, finances and commitment to reduce carbon emissions.
Stay updated by checking Dashboard: http://buildingdashboard.net//agnesscott/
Things are growing well in the garden at Agnes Scott!
Our First Sunflower!