Rutgers–Camden Presents “SkypeOnArt/SkypeOnSustainability” this Spring 2017

Rutgers–Camden will become the central hub for interactive, online conversations with nationally and internationally renowned artists, as it presents “SkypeonArt” this spring.  This semester’s lineup includes discussions about sustainability as it relates to eco art, public art, community art and Camden, NJ.

The SkypeOnArt talks give RU Camden an unparalled opportunity to talk intimately with some of the world’s most innovative art makers.  At free period, artists who are luminaries in their fields Skype in from other parts of the country and globe. They share with us images or video shorts of their work and answer questions. The great thing about the SkypeOnArt lecture series is that the audience really gets an opportunity to direct the discussion. All talks will take place at free-period in the Digital Studies Lab, Fine Arts Building Room 215. Everyone is invited. Feel free to bring you lunch.

Feb. 1st Michael J. DItalia, 9:00AM

Michael DItalia is Program Coordinator for the office of Engaged Civic Learning. The Office of Civic Engagement works closely with campus community members (students, faculty, staff) and groups, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and others to help reach common goals. The office works to connect the resources of our campus with the needs and opportunities of communities by working with students, faculty, and staff to build partnerships that achieve common goals. These programs include Civic Learning initiatives, including our Civic Scholars program, Engaged Civic Learning, Faculty Fellows program, and the Graduate Fellows program.


Feb. 15th Matt Garcia, Free Period

Matt Garcia’s artistic practice investigates ecology, its relationship to knowledge systems and how media can connect communities to a reclaiming or re-imagining of lost epistemology. Matthew Garcia is currently an assistant professor of Digital/Experimental Media in the Department of Art at Kansas State University. Garcia’s work has been presented nationally and internationally at venues such as: Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts (Paris France) The International Symposium on Electronic Art (2012,2015), the European Research Network Sociology of the Arts (Vienna, Austria) Balance-Unbalance Festival (Noose, Australia) and HASTAC (Lima, Peru) – Garcia is a 2016 Creative Capital awardee in Emerging Fields.


March 8th Laurie Palmer, Free Period

A. Laurie Palmer’s work is concerned with material explorations of matter’s active nature as it asserts itself on different scales and in different speeds, and with collaborating on strategic actions in the contexts of social and environmental justice. These two directions sometimes run parallel and sometimes converge, taking form as sculpture, installation, writing, and public projects. Collaboration, with other humans and with non-humans, is a central ethic in her practice.

Her recent book In the Aura of a Hole: Exploring Sites of Material Extraction (Black Dog, London, 2014) investigates what happens to places where materials are removed from the ground, and, once liberated, how these materials move between the earth and our bodies. Based on observations from first-hand visits, the book refuses a strict separation between industrial materials and the embodied “I” that observes and experiences where and how they are produced.


April 5th 9:00AM Jonathan Latko

Armed with an MBA from Fox School of Business, Jonathan Latko looks for innovative ways to save the University money that also contribute to the reduction of Temple’s carbon footprint. Under his leadership, the CRC has been recognized as a national model and was most recently named a “Model of Efficiency” by University Business magazine. Since 2005, the CRC has refurbished nearly 12,000 computers, 11,000 monitors, and 5,800 printers, saving Temple about $300,000 and an estimated 2,600 metric tons of carbon equivalents from entering the atmosphere.


April 5th Jessica Segall, Free Period

Jessica Segall is a multidisciplinary artist based in Brooklyn.  Her work engages cultural attitudes towards climate adaptation and resource scarcity, creating new methods of inter-species cohabitation. Risk, humor, labor and a conscious ecology underline her work.  She is a 2016 – 2017 New York State Council for The Arts and Rema Hort Mann Foundation grantee and is currently working on a new commission from Art In General for exhibition in May.  She is also a current resident at The Jan Van Eyck Academie researching land art as methodologies towards land conservation. Her work has been exhibited at the Havana Bienal, The National Gallery of Indonesia, The Queens Museum of Art, the Aldrich Museum, The Inside Out Museum, and The National Modern Art Gallery of Mongolia. She received grants from NYFA, Art Matters, the Leighton International Artist Exchange Program, and The Gatsby Charitable Foundation and attended residencies at Skowhegan, The MacDowell Colony, Art OMI, Bemis, SOMA, and The Sharpe Walentas Space Program. Her work can be seen at


April 26th Ellen McMahon, Free Period

McMahon’s artwork has been exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions and her artist books are in the collections of UCLA, Scripps, Occidental, Texas Tech, the Center for Creative Photography and The New York and Boston Public Libraries. Her writing is published in Mother Reader: Essential Writings on MotherhoodThe Oldest Weve Ever Been, and The M Word: Real Mothers in Contemporary Art. In 2007 she received a Fulbright Scholars Grant to contribute as a writer and graphic designer to an interdisciplinary conservation project in Mexico. In 2010 she received a grant from UA Confluencenter for Creative Inquiry for the project, “Parallel Play: Interdisciplinary Responses to a Dry River,” to collaborate with faculty and students from Architecture, Creative Writing, Geography, and Ecology on a project addressing the fragile aqueous ecology of the region. This work is collected in the book Ground|Water: The Art, Design and Science of a Dry Riverwhich she edited with colleagues Beth Weinsein and Ander MonsonReleased in January of 2013, it has won national and international design awards.