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Brendan Baylor

Cross Pollination Lecture Series: Brendan Baylor & Dr. Peter Wyse Jackson

May 6 | 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

This event in the Cross-Pollination lecture series will be between interdisciplinary artist Brendan Baylor and one of the world’s foremost and best-known botanists and plant conservationists Dr. Peter Wyse Jackson. Together they will be discussing the effects of colonization and the impact we are able to see today as well as how we, as a species, have worked to conserve the environment around us.

Brought to you in partnership with the ODU Office of Community Engagement.

Brendan Baylor is an interdisciplinary artist whose artwork explores the political ecology of landscape. By presenting the often-unexamined history of a place, he works to understand what cultural norms and systems produce the current landscape. His goal is to find balance in the documentary and emotional potentials of art.

Dr. Peter Wyse Jackson is one of the world’s foremost and best-known botanists and plant conservationists. Wyse Jackson plays an influential role in reshaping and leading the international botanic community. He has helped to establish or develop botanic gardens and other organizations in over 30 countries. Wyse Jackson’s tireless work in the botanist community can be shown in his publications that include twelve books and over scientific papers.

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Orchid Exhibit For Charlotte 3

Cross Pollination Lecture Series: Jennifer Angus & Dr. Kenneth Cameron

June 3 | 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

This event in the Cross-Pollination lecture series will be between artist Jennifer Angus and Professor of Botany at the University of Wisconsin, Dr. Ken Cameron. Jennifer Angus’s work uses patterns and insects to create beautiful designs while Dr. Cameron dedicates his time to orchid research, especially focused on understanding the cultural significance and fundamental biology of Vanilla – the ice cream orchid. Together they will be discussing the ways they are inspired by orchids as well as the stories they are able to tell.

This event is brought to you in partnership with the ODU Office of Community Engagement.

Dr. Ken Cameron’s research focuses on understanding patterns and processes that shape the incredible diversity of the orchid family, but especially those orchids related to Vanilla – the natural source of the world’s most popular flavor and fragrance. His popular book, “Vanilla Orchids: Natural History & Cultivation”, is now out of print and has become a collector’s item, but he continues to share his knowledge and passion for orchids widely. Together with students and colleagues around the world, Dr. Cameron has contributed significantly to our fundamental knowledge of orchid biology through research conducted in the field, greenhouse, and laboratory. He continues to work towards the goal of producing a stable system of classification for the orchid family and to ensure their conservation for future generations.

Jennifer Angus is an artist who takes hold of her audience through the creation of patterns with insects. Her research is driven by her personal interest in a pattern’s ability to say everything without saying anything. She believes there is a cultural understanding for patterns and that provides the potential for a narrative. Angus’ combination of the beauty of patterns and the hesitation that is felt around insects come together to create wonderfully conflicting pieces.

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Debmoore

Cross Pollination Lecture Series: Debora Moore & Jennifer Brown

July 1 | 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Our final event in the Cross-Pollination lecture series will be between glass artist Debora Moore and Jennifer Brown, the Collection Manager for the Ware Collection of Blaschka Glass Models of Plants at Harvard University. They will be coming together to talk about their appreciation for the orchid flower and the way that artists are able to display that appreciation through glass.

This event is brought to you in partnership with the Herbaria/Harvard Museum of Natural History and the ODU Office of Community Engagement.

Jennifer Brown is the Collection Manager for the Ware Collection of Blaschka Glass Models of Plants at Harvard University, better known as the Glass Flowers. This unique collection of 4,300 astonishingly realistic glass models was made from 1886 through 1936 by Leopold Blaschka and his son, Rudolf.

Debora Moore takes glass blowing to a new and exciting level with her desire to translate the breath-taking grandeur and delicate fragility of the natural world into a unique sculptural interpretation. Her work with Orchids and other botanical studies displays a fascination with their intricate structure and how they thrive in harmony with each other.

To register, go to the Eventbrite page.