May 19, 2019

Watershed Exhibition Opens at SMCM

Watershed Exhibition Slackwater

Photographers Gabriela Bulisova and Mark Isaac have worked closely with local residents to produce a very personal portrayal of their link to the water. Bulisova and Isaac’s work is featured in the latest exhibition at the Boyden Gallery at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. The exhibition will run until Nov. 22, 2016.

The exhibition, Atlantika Collection: The Watershed Project, is a unique look at the Chesapeake Bay and the surrounding area through visual art and in collaboration with the communities that live there. This is an ongoing, evolving project — an interdisciplinary, collaborative series of exhibitions focused on the environmental, social, and cultural state of the watershed.

This project is the very first iteration of the project and it includes the work of other artists with a focus on a more conceptual and abstract depiction of water and the watershed. A part of the exhibit incorporates images of local residents along with excerpts of oral histories they provided during their interviews with Bulisova and Isaac. These are being presented as part of a growing archive they hope to collect and share over time that will showcase the views and contributions of local residents regarding the future of the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

Comprised of 150 major rivers and streams and home to more than 17 million people, the Chesapeake Bay watershed is stressed by pollution and vulnerable to climate change, the photographers noted. The project centers on the effects of these transformations on the fragile ecosystem, the economy, and the culture and traditions of St. Mary’s, where the bay and the Potomac River converge.

In March, the photographers said that they hoped the art project would portray the unique identity of St. Mary’s and its residents’ relationships with the water as the impacts of these changes become more visible.

The Boyden Gallery is on the second floor of the college’s Montgomery Hall. Gallery exhibitions and events are free and open to the public.

For more information, call 240-895-4246.

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