SkypeOnArt/SkypeOnSustainability – Spring 2017


Rutgers–Camden will become the central hub for interactive, online conversations with nationally and internationally renowned artists, as it presents “SkypeOnArt/SkypeOnSustainability” this spring.  This semester’s lineup includes discussions about sustainability as it relates to eco art, public art, community art, and Camden, NJ. The talks give members of the Rutgers–Camden community an unparalleled opportunity to talk intimately with some of the world’s most innovative art makers. Artists who are luminaries in their fields share with us images or video shorts of their work and answer questions. The great thing about the SkypeOnArt lecture series is that the audience really gets an opportunity to direct the discussion.

All talks will take place in the Digital Studies Lab, Fine Arts Building Room 215.

Everyone is invited! Feel free to bring your lunch!

All talks are free and open to the public.



SkypeOnSustainability – Spring 2017 Talks

Feb. 1st – Michael J. DItalia – 9:00AM
Michael DItalia is Program Coordinator for the office of Engaged Civic Learning. The Office of Civic Engagement works closely with campus community members (students, faculty, staff) and groups, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and others to help reach common goals. The office works to connect the resources of our campus with the needs and opportunities of communities by working with students, faculty, and staff to build partnerships that achieve common goals. These programs include Civic Learning initiatives, including our Civic Scholars program, Engaged Civic Learning, Faculty Fellows program, and the Graduate Fellows program.


Feb. 15th – Matt Garcia – Free Period
Matt Garcia’s artistic practice investigates ecology, its relationship to knowledge systems and how media can connect communities to a reclaiming or re-imagining of lost epistemology. Matthew Garcia is currently an assistant professor of Digital/Experimental Media in the Department of Art at Kansas State University. Garcia’s work has been presented nationally and internationally at venues such as: Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts (Paris France) The International Symposium on Electronic Art (2012,2015), the European Research Network Sociology of the Arts (Vienna, Austria) Balance-Unbalance Festival (Noose, Australia) and HASTAC (Lima, Peru) – Garcia is a 2016 Creative Capital awardee in Emerging Fields.



April 5th  – Jonathan Latko – 9:00AM

Armed with an MBA from Fox School of Business, Jonathan Latko looks for innovative ways to save the University money that also contribute to the reduction of Temple’s carbon footprint. Under his leadership, the CRC has been recognized as a national model and was most recently named a “Model of Efficiency” by University Business magazine. Since 2005, the CRC has refurbished nearly 12,000 computers, 11,000 monitors, and 5,800 printers, saving Temple about $300,000 and an estimated 2,600 metric tons of carbon equivalents from entering the atmosphere.


April 5th – Jessica Segall – Free Period

Jessica Segall is a multidisciplinary artist based in Brooklyn.  Her work engages cultural attitudes towards climate adaptation and resource scarcity, creating new methods of inter-species cohabitation. Risk, humor, labor and a conscious ecology underline her work.  She is a 2016 – 2017 New York State Council for The Arts and Rema Hort Mann Foundation grantee and is currently working on a new commission from Art In General for exhibition in May.  She is also a current resident at The Jan Van Eyck Academie researching land art as methodologies towards land conservation. Her work has been exhibited at the Havana Bienal, The National Gallery of Indonesia, The Queens Museum of Art, the Aldrich Museum, The Inside Out Museum, and The National Modern Art Gallery of Mongolia. She received grants from NYFA, Art Matters, the Leighton International Artist Exchange Program, and The Gatsby Charitable Foundation and attended residencies at Skowhegan, The MacDowell Colony, Art OMI, Bemis, SOMA, and The Sharpe Walentas Space Program. Her work can be seen at


April 26th – Ellen McMahon – Free Period

McMahon’s artwork has been exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions and her artist books are in the collections of UCLA, Scripps, Occidental, Texas Tech, the Center for Creative Photography and The New York and Boston Public Libraries. Her writing is published in Mother Reader: Essential Writings on MotherhoodTheOldest Weve Ever Been, and The M Word: Real Mothers in Contemporary Art. In 2007 she received a Fulbright Scholars Grant to contribute as a writer and graphic designer to an interdisciplinary conservation project in Mexico. In 2010 she received a grant from UA Confluencenter for Creative Inquiry for the project, “Parallel Play: Interdisciplinary Responses to a Dry River,” to collaborate with faculty and students from Architecture, Creative Writing, Geography, and Ecology on a project addressing the fragile aqueous ecology of the region. This work is collected in the book Ground|Water: The Art, Design and Science of a DryRiverwhich she edited with colleagues Beth Weinsein and Ander MonsonReleased in January of 2013, it has won national and international design awards.


April 26th – Amanda Ravenhill – 9:00AM

Amanda Ravenhill, Executive Director of The Buckminster Fuller Institute (BFI) will present the Fuller Challenge and a new student version of the Fuller Challenge. Called “Socially-Responsible Design’s Highest Award,” this award has defined an emerging field of practice: the whole systems approach to understanding and intervening in complex and interrelated crises for wide-scale social and environmental impact. The Fuller Challenge attracts bold, visionary, tangible art, design and scientific initiatives focused on a well-defined need of critical importance. Winning solutions are regionally specific yet globally applicable and present a truly comprehensive, anticipatory, integrated approach to solving the world’s complex problems. Come see how to apply for the Student Fuller Challenge Award and prepare to be impressed! More information on BFI and the BFI Challenge Award can be found at: