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CWMCA Artists In Residence Spotlight: Eco-Tour with Brandon Ballengée
Friday, April 16, 2021
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Tour Houston’s ecosystem with artist and biologist Brandon Ballengee.
Artist, biologist and environmental activist Brandon Ballengee invites the public to join him on a catch-and-release fishing adventure as he explores the ecology of Houston’s Buffalo Bayou through photographs and other media. Please note, attendees should bring latex gloves for handling Bayou specimens. Download the iNaturalist App to your phone to participate.
Brandon Ballengee is a visual artist, biologist, and environmental activist based in Arnaudville, Louisiana, who creates artwork inspired from his ecological field and laboratory research. Through research, he focuses on the impact of the Anthropocene on human and non-human communities, and his artistic practice combines participatory science programs with poetic interpretations of extinct or deformed animals due to human impact. Ballengee received his Ph.D. in Transdisciplinary Art and Biology from Plymouth University with the Hochschule fur Gestaltung Zurich. Since 2016, he has been a Postdoctoral Researcher at Louisiana State University’s Museum of Natural Science, studying impacts from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. In 2017, Ballengee was a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellow at the National Museum of Natural History, examining species “missing” from the Gulf since the 2010 oil spill. Ballengee’s work has been exhibited in over 20 countries and, in 2013, the first survey of his work debuted at the Chateau de Chamarande in France, and traveled to the Museum Het Domein in the Netherlands. In 2016, a 20-year retrospective of his work was held at University of Wyoming Art Museum in Laramie, Wyoming.