Feb 4th 2021

Breaking Down Plastics. Building up Solutions.

@ Glass Curtain Gallery

Online Event

Opening Thursday, February 4th, from 6:30PM - 7:30PM

On view through Friday, February 19th

Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/breaking-down-plastics-building-up-solutions-tickets-133099256459

Come to a conversation around how our lives are intertwined with plastic and actions, and ways you can help.

Our lives – and life around us – are intertwined with plastic. Microplastics are in our air, water, food and bodies, with a host of impacts. As with so many issues, climate change is a factor in a variety of ways. There is reason for optimism, however, with success stories to point to. Explore the issues, actions, and ways you can help.

Speakers for this event are:

Barbara Cooper, Third Coast Disrupted Artist

Tyrone Dobson, Senior Volunteer Engagement Manager, Alliance for the Great Lakes

Timothy Hoellein, Associate Professor, Loyola University

A zoom link will be sent to all registered ticket holders the day of the event.

Barbara Cooper works primarily in sculpture, drawing, and public art. She embeds sustainability and an ecology of wholeness in her work through the use of repurposed, diverse materials, including wood, metal, paper, glass and found objects. Her work is in the collections of the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the Smithsonian National Museum of American Art, the Illinois State Museum, and more.

Tyrone Dobson oversees all of the Alliance’s volunteer programs, which includes Adopt-a-Beach, which engages over 15,000 volunteers in beach clean-ups across the eight-state Great Lakes region; the Chicago Ambassador program, and the Alliance’s Chicago Young Professional Councils. He brings a wealth of experience in volunteer management and has worked with volunteers from all socioeconomic backgrounds in the US and Canada.

Tim Hoellein is an aquatic ecologist and Associate Professor in the Biology Department at Loyola University Chicago. His research focuses on measuring the sources, fate, and biological interactions of pollutants in freshwater ecosystems. In addition to contributing to scholarly research, Dr. Hoellein seeks connections for direct applications of his work to policy, environmental management, and education.

Image: Barbara Cooper


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, 2020 – February 19, 2021

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. (gallery is currently closed through January 19, 2021)

Capacity of gallery is 10 visitors and masks are required.

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