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The Endangered Species Project: New England

Office for the Arts at Harvard
Ceramics Program
224 Western Ave.
Mon., Feb. 11, 2019, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

The Endangered Species Project: New England

Gallery 224 at the Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts at Harvard is pleased to present an exhibition of work from Montana-based potter Julia Galloway’s most recent body of work, The Endangered Species Project: New England. Galloway works from each state’s official list of species identified as endangered, threatened or extinct. She has created a series of covered jars, one urn for each species, illustrating the smallest Agassiz Clam Shrimp to the largest Eastern Elk.
Galloway writes, “Recently I happened to read about the Wandering Albatross on a layover in an airport. The Wandering Albatross is one of the largest birds in the world, sporting a wing span up to eleven feet across and able to stay aloft for up to 30 days drafting on the oceans currents. This bird flies unusually close to the water, so on average, every five minutes, one of these birds is decapitated by industrial fishing lines, and literally, it brought me to my knees with sorrow - what could I do?
“Making pottery is how I understand the world. I am creating covered jars for endangered species. Change can occur when something that is generally unseen becomes seen. I have made all 305 species listed in New England in hope that this sheer volume of pottery in one gallery will have an impact on the public. On the surface of the jars are lush images of the animals isolated in a colorless habitat. My sister, an evolutionary biologist, insists that I include hope for the future in this project. Part of the exhibition includes the reasons for the dropping population and what we, average folks, can do to reverse or at least slow down this trend.”

Gazette Classification: Art/Design, Education, Environmental Sciences, Exhibitions, Science, Sustainability
Organization/Sponsor: Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts at Harvard
Cost: Free gallery admission
Contact Info: Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts at Harvard, Main office: 617-495-8680, [email protected], or Kathy King, Director:, [email protected]

Monday, February 11, 2019 - 10:00