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O’Kane Gallery and College of Sciences &Technology Host Virtual Artists’ Panel Discussion Nov. 17

“The Art/Science Nexus of Climate Change” virtual event brings together contemporary artists for a panel discussion hosted by the O’Kane Gallery and the College of Sciences & Technology, 5 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 17.

Artist-scientist Dr. Suzette Mouchaty, Adjunct Lecturer in the Department of Natural Sciences, will moderate an international panel of artists in a discussion on how their art practices engage the topic of climate change.

The panelists will explore ideas, expectations, and aspirations for transformative artwork and art practices. Panelists include the photographic artist and filmmaker Chris Jordan, Swiss multimedia artist Katja Loher, Australian artist and documentary filmmaker Dan Monceaux, and the Houston-based interdisciplinary artist John G. Reed.

“Art at the intersection of science can encourage people to reflect on the natural world,” notes Mouchaty. “And through artwork and dialogue, I hope to inspire people to re-imagine the future as societies grapple with the looming existential issue facing humanity today—climate change.

“Because Earth’s changing climate threatens ecosystems all around the globe, the future of human civilization is in danger,” said Mouchaty. “Art is irrational and poetic, and it broadens our perceptions. It has the capacity to reach our emotional intelligence to imagine the social change needed to protect and restore ecosystems that are essential for our wellbeing and even our very survival.” 

To register, visit uhd.edu/gallery.

This event is funded in part by the University of Houston-Downtown and the City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance.

About the University of Houston-Downtown

The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) is the second-largest university in Houston and has served the educational needs of the nation’s fourth-largest city since 1974. As one of four distinct public universities in the University of Houston System, UHD is a comprehensive, four-year university led by President Loren J. Blanchard. Annually, UHD educates more than 15,000 students, boasts more than 64,000 alumni, and offers 46 bachelor’s degrees, 11 master’s degrees, and 19 online programs within four colleges: Marilyn Davies College of Business, College of Humanities & Social Sciences, College of Public Service, and College of Sciences & Technology. For the fourth consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report ranks UHD among universities across the nation for Best Online Criminal Justice Programs (No. 27 and No. 15 for Veterans) and Best Online Bachelor’s Programs. UHD has the most affordable tuition among four-year universities in Houston and one of the lowest in Texas. U.S. News ranked the University among Top Performers on Social Mobility and awarded UHD a No. 1 ranking as the most diverse institution of higher education in the southern region of the U.S. The University is noted nationally as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, Minority-Serving Institution, and Military Friendly School. For more on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit www.uhd.edu.