Politics of Water Art Exhibit

The “Politics of Water” Art Exhibit opens at the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Center on September 27 at 6:00 p.m..

Princeton Artists Alliance has used art as commentary on social and political issues for twenty-five years. “Politics of Water”, first exhibited at the Woodrow Wilson School’s Bernstein Gallery in 2016, will now be housed at the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association’s Garden Club of Princeton Gallery through the end of November.

Twenty-two artists respond to such issues as climate change, dried up lakes and riverbeds, and how local economies and natural habitats have been affected. Some have focused on the degradation of our oceans and waterways by human pollution. Another focus has been the level of conflict or cooperation between neighboring states with growing populations as they negotiate access to a limited water supply.

“There is no better place than the Watershed Center to exhibit art that raises awareness of our environmental challenges”,  said Jim Waltman, Executive Director of the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association.  “Right here in the U.S., we have ongoing water crises. Most recently, Hurricanes Harvey and Irma inflicted untold damage. The PennEast Pipeline project threatens water supplies and land right here in our own backyard, and the lead crisis made famous in Flint, Michigan, is still contaminating drinking water. And as bottled water outsells soft drinks in the U.S., plastic waste has become a major environmental problem.”

The Garden Club of Princeton Gallery at the Watershed Center, donated by Penny and Ted Thomas of Princeton, is a beautiful space to showcase the work of the Princeton Artists Alliance. The public is invited to view the exhibit and to visit the Watershed Center.  The Watershed Association is a non-profit member-supported organization that works to keep water clean, safe and healthy in central New Jersey through advocacy, science and education. The Watershed Center is a model of sustainability, green architecture and landscaping, and demonstrates the energy and water conservation features of the future.

The public is invited to an opening reception and panel discussion on Wednesday, September 27 beginning at 6:00 p.m. at the Watershed Center for Environmental Advocacy, Science and Education, 31 Titus Mill Road, Pennington.  A panel of experts from government, academia, and the non-profit sector will discuss the biggest water challenge now dominating the news: flooding caused by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

This display will be available free to the public during Watershed Center hours, Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. and weekends 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. through November 30. 

A panel discussion about the recent hurricanes, climate change and national flood insurance policy will begin at 7 p.m. To RSVP for the opening reception, email jkershner@thewatershed.org.

Panelists include:

 

  • Karen Florini, J.D. – Vice President for Programs at Climate Central, where her roles include communications strategies that reach large U.S. and global audiences as well as key decision-makers. She served in the U.S. Senate Department on climate issues and worked for the Environmental Defense Fund for more than 25 years.

 

  • John A. Miller, P.E., CFM, CSM –  Miller is a water resources engineer specializing in flood plain management. He is a United States Senate fellow focusing on the reauthorization of the federal flood insurance program. He is the founder and former chair of the New Jersey Association of Floodplain Management.

 

  • Gabriel Vecchi, Ph.D. – Professor of GeoSciences and the Princeton Environmental Institute at Princeton University. His research is in climate science; extreme weather events; mechanisms of precipitation variability and change; ocean-atmosphere interaction; detection and attribution.