FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Watershed Moments: Art and the Baltimore Ecosystem Study
A three-part exhibition featuring visual art and design connected to the research of the Baltimore Ecosystem Study
16 W. North Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21201
October 3-30, 2015
Reception: Weds., Oct. 21, 5:30-8:00 p.m. Gallery Talk at 6:30 p.m.
Gallery Hours: Weds.-Fri. 5:00-8:00 pm, Sat. 12:00 - 5:00 p.m.
The Baltimore Ecosystem Study (BES) presents an exhibition of art related to research on
metropolitan Baltimore as an ecological system from October 3 to 30, 2015. The exhibition will take
place at SpaceCamp, an art gallery in the Station North Arts District. A reception, open to the public,
takes place Wednesday, October 21 from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m., with at gallery talk by 2014-15 BES artist-in-residence Helen Glazer, and researchers Dawn Biehler and Brian McGrath at 6:30 p.m.
Established in 1997, the BES integrates biological, physical, and social sciences. As a part of the
National Science Foundation’s Long-Term Ecological Research Network, BES is uniquely focused on
Baltimore as an urban-suburban ecosystem, as opposed to other long-term ecological research sites
in wilderness environments where human activity is a minor factor. The scientists associated with the
BES seek to understand how Baltimore’s ecosystems change over time, which has implications not
only for increasing understanding and improving the sustainability of the Baltimore region, but the cities
and suburbs where about three quarters of Americans live. In addition to supporting scientific research, the BES conducts a variety of outreach activities to educate and inform the community. For more information about the BES, visit http://beslter.org.
Helen Glazer, the 2014-15 Baltimore Ecosystem Study (BES) artist-in-residence, will present prints,
panoramic photographs and digitally-fabricated sculpture related to the Gwynns Falls watershed,
which is the central focus of the long term research conducted under the auspices of the BES. She
explored the streams and neighborhoods along the watershed alongside scientists, taking
photographs that became her source material. The resulting artwork focuses on places where the built environment and human decisions become as much a part of the ecology of the city as its geology, climate, plants and animals: raccoons leave tracks and dragonflies flit on the banks of the Gwynns Run in Carroll Park, where trees are festooned with plastic bags washed down storm drains and delicate strands of sewage fungus coat the rocks of the stream bed; concrete bridges sprout crystalline cavelike stalactites; plants and mosquitoes colonize abandoned buildings that stand like archaeological ruins in West Baltimore.
Still Here: Photos and Testimony by Residents of West and Southwest Baltimore. Dawn Biehler, head
of the The Baltimore Mosquito Study gave cameras to people who live and work in Harlem Park,
Sandtown-Winchester, Franklin Square, Union Square, and Hollins Market. Community members
documented the environmental hazards, health threats, and some of the hidden beauties of their
neighborhoods. Although these neighborhoods have lost considerable population, these photos speak
to the survival and struggle of the people who are still here -- and who still need the support and
respect of their city.
The Gwynns Falls Watershed Patch Atlas, M.L. Cadenasso, Brian McGrath, Victoria Marshall, S.T.A.
Pickett. The Patch Atlas is a graphic journey through an urban watershed, guided by a high ecological
resolution classification for urban landscapes and environmental systems (HERCULES). These maps
and charts reveal the rich mixture of building, pavement, soil, and vegetation present in every patch of
the Gwynns Falls Watershed. You will travel between extremes from buildings to forests and from
simple to complex mixtures. Upon completion of this guided journey, you will understand the hybridity
of built and natural form, which constitutes the ecology of the city.
SpaceCamp is open during the run of this exhibition Wednesday through Friday from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.
and Saturday from noon to 5:00 p.m. Admission is free.
Contact: Jann Rosen-Queralt, firstname.lastname@example.org, 410-961-7009