Imaging a Shattering Earth: Contemporary Photography and the Environmental Debate
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Oakland University, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of Art and Art History, and the Meadow Brook Art Gallery are delighted to host Imaging a Shattering Earth: Contemporary Photography and the Environmental Debate, an exhibition conceived as part of the 2005-06 Celebrating Liberal Arts Environmental Explorations theme year.

While in the planning stages, the project evolved into a full-fledged partnership with CONTACT Toronto Photography Festival, which made feasible a more substantial publication and the presentation of the exhibition in Toronto as part of CONTACT 2006. For making this collaborative venture possible, Oakland University is grateful to CONTACT's Executive Board members Edward Burtynsky, Stephen Bulger, and Paul Bain and Festival Director Bonnie Rubenstein.

We also wish to express our appreciation to Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art Director David Liss for his interest in the project. We look forward to viewing Imaging a Shattering Earth at MOCCA in May 2006.

This exhibition and its catalogue could not have been undertaken without the generous financial contribution of the College of Arts and Sciences. For this, we are grateful to David J. Downing, now Interim Vice Provost for Graduate Education and Academic Administration, who, in his former capacity as Dean of the College, responded with enthusiasm to the initial proposal. Without his foresight and encouragement, that of his interim successor Ronald A. Sudol, and of Associate Deans C. Michelle Piskulich and Kathleen H. Moore, this project would not have materialized.

The Meadow Brook Art Gallery, its director Dick Goody, and the exhibition curator Claude Baillargeon also wish to acknowledge the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, the Department of Art and Art History, The Honors College, and e-Learning and Instructional Support for their valuable assistance with the related programs of public lectures, discussion panels, student symposium, and exhibition Web site. Without the concerted efforts of Provost Virinder K. Moudgil, Art and Art History Chair Susan E. Wood, Honors College Director Jude V. Nixon, and Assistant Vice President for e-Learning and Instructional Support Catheryn Cheal, the scope of this educational program would have remained more limited.

For their dedication to the exhibition Web site, we especially thank Oakland University Web Application Developer Shaun Moore and the twenty dedicated students enrolled in Baillargeon's fall 2005 Honors College seminar "Imaging a Shattering World: Art, Public Health, and the Environmental Debate," who researched, wrote, and produced this Web site.

  • Keiko Andress, undeclared major
  • Jonathan Benefiel, Computer Science and Mathematics double major
  • Neena Bhullar, Biology major
  • Jamie Bide, Biochemistry major
  • Mollie Braun, Education major
  • Hebert Cabral, Mechanical Engineering major
  • Sean Collins, Biology major
  • Erika Eraqi, Marketing major
  • Dan Jakubowski, Art History major
  • Kaya Khani, Psychology major
  • Anthony Leo, Engineering major
  • Meghann Lloyd, Mechanical Engineering major
  • Heather Mulrenan, Biochemistry major
  • Christine Nguyen, History and Psychology double major
  • Kristen Osmond, Business Administration major
  • Julie Peplinski, Education or Nutrition major
  • Megan Stewart, Biology major
  • Jordan Twardy, Political Science major
  • Kelly Walewski, Chemistry major
  • Jean Wood, Secondary Education English major

Lastly, our most sincere gratitude to the twelve contributing artists for their inspiring, though tragic images, each of them a warning–like the perennial canary in the gold mine–of what awaits us if we do not heed the signs of impending danger.