Diane Burko: Vast and Vanishing

Diane Burko: Vast and Vanishing

March 9, 2018 (All Day)
Rowan University Art Gallery
301 West High Street
Open to the Public
Mary Salvante
(856) 256-4521
Open to all
Recurring Event:
March 13, 2018 - 12:00am to 11:00pm
March 14, 2018 - 12:00am to 11:00pm
March 16, 2018 - 12:00am to 11:00pm


Burko uses art to examine monumental geological phenomena

Exploring the confluence of arts and science, Rowan University Art Gallery showcases the work of environmental artist Diane Burko in Vast and Vanishing. On display from March 8 – April 21, the exhibit is welcomed with an artists talk and public reception on Thursday, March 8 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

In conjunction with the exhibit and presented in collaboration with Rowan’s School of Earth & Environment, a panel discussion - Vast and Vanishing: Art and Science Perspectives on Climate Change – will be held on Thursday, April 5 from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. in the university’s Eynon Ballroom. In addition to Burko, the panelists include Dr. Kenneth Lacovara, moderator and Dean of the School of Earth & Environment, Luke Trusel, Assistant Professor in the Department of Geology, and Kate Marvel, Research Scientist at Columbia University and NASA Goddard Institute of Space Studies.

Environmental artist Diane Burko has been documenting glacial recession as part of her ongoing work that intersects art and science around the urgent issue of climate change. In this exhibition we present a series of large-scale paintings and photographs that capture the dichotomies found in these extreme frozen environments. Conveyed in the work is an inescapable tension and play between monumental and intimate, splendor and somber, and expansive and confined; much like the climate issues they chronicle.

Brooklyn-born. Philadelphia-based Burko focuses her work on monumental geological phenomenon. Since 2006 her practice has been at the intersection of art and science, devoted to the urgent issues of climate change. Her current work reflects expeditions to the three largest ice fields in the world. She has sailed around Svalbard with artists and also spent four days in Ny-Alesund with scientists from the Norwegian Polar Institute. She has visited Greenland's Ilulissat and Eqi Sermia glaciers and first traveled to the Antarctic Peninsula in 2013, returning in January 2015, and explored the Patagonian ice field of Argentina. Burko’s expeditions can be followed at www.dianeburko.com/polarinvestigations.

Aside from showing her art, Burko has gained attention from the scientific community, often speaking on how the arts can communicate science. She is an affiliate of INSTAAR, and has participated in numerous conferences such as those hosted by the Geological Society of America and American Geophysical Union. She is committed to public engagement, using both facts and images to make the invisible visual and visceral.

The gallery is located at 301 High Street West. Free 2-hour public parking is available in the Mick Drive Parking Garage across the street from the gallery. Eynon Ballroom is located in Chamberlain Student Center on the university campus. Admission to the gallery, discussion, and receptions is free and open to the public. Regular gallery hours are Monday – Wednesday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Thursday - Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Directions can be found on the gallery website. For more information, call 856-256-4521 or visit www.rowan.edu/artgallery.

Support for programming at Rowan University Art Galleries is made possible by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.