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Forrest Cortes, Director of Community Engagement, The Nature Conservancy in Illinois
Peggy Macnamara, Artist/Professor/Author, Field Museum and School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Doug Stotz, Senior Conservation Ecologist, Keller Science Action Center, Field Museum
Forrest Cortes is Director of Community Engagement for The Nature Conservancy in Illinois, where he leads a team that connects people with nature. His team works to achieve co-benefits for human and natural communities, primarily in Cook County. Forrest’s interest and expertise lie in urban ecology, volunteer program development, partnership building and community engagement. He is vice president of the Chicago Audubon Society.
Peggy Macnamara has been artist-in-residence at the Field Museum for 30 years and is an associate professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has traveled with Field Museum scientists around the world to paint nature and illustrate conservation efforts. She has published four books with museum scientists, including “The Art of Migration: Birds, Insects, and the Changing Seasons in Chicagoland.”
Douglas Stotz is active in programs to preserve biological diversity and threatened habitats, both in the Chicago region and in other countries. In Chicago, he focuses on studying bird migration, the effects of climate change on bird populations, and the value of urban areas to conserving biodiversity. He is a co-chair of the Climate Change Committee for Chicago Wilderness. His authored books include “Neotropical Birds: Ecology and Conservation.”
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Image: Peggy Macnamara
This program is presented in conjunction with Third Coast Disrupted: Artists + Scientists on Climate taking place at Columbia College Chicago’s Glass Curtain Gallery. The exhibition is the culmination of a yearlong conversation between artists and scientists centered on climate change impacts and solutions in the Chicago region. For more information about the exhibition and other programming go to colum.edu/thirdcoast to learn more about the artist and scientist collaboration visit ThirdCoastDisrupted.org.
Third Coast Disrupted: Artists + Scientists on Climate
September 8 – October 30, 2020
Glass Curtain Gallery – Columbia College Chicago
1104 S Wabash Ave, 1st Floor, Chicago, IL 60605
Gallery Hours: Monday- Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Capacity of gallery is 10 visitors and masks are required.