EYE-OPENING "LAST CHANCE TO SEE"

The creatures of Kingdom Argilla are extinct, but you can view their “artifacts” displayed on the walls of Haupert Union Building and Collier Hall now through October 13. The imaginative work of artist/creator Colette Palamar, director of environmental studies and the Herndon Gallery at Antioch College, “Last Chance to See” powerfully communicates the concepts of biodiversity and species extinction through the mythological Kingdom Argilla, lost through chemical pollution.

Although Argilla is Palamar’s creation, “the chemical pollutants are very real, with real effects on human health,” she noted during her lecture “Art as Activism: Education without Confrontation,” held Thursday, September 25. “The project allows people a way into the information—a structure for learning—so they can experience it themselves, without having it handed to them.”

The lecture was the first in the series “Intersections: A special series illuminating the linkages between science, nature, and the arts.” The next lecture features naturalist Scott Weidensaul, “Looking for the Heart: Saving Nature through Art and Science,” Tuesday, October 23 at 7:00 p.m. in Prosser Auditorium. Admission is free and open to the public.

Additional works by Colette Palamar are on display in the HUB and Collier Hall as part of her exhibit “ecologies,” through October 13. For a more in-depth look at Kingdom Argilla and “Last Chance to See,” visit www.ecologies.org, which includes an interactive field guide.