Colgate University

First-Year Course Offerings — Fall 2022

FSEM 160   Eco-Art
RestrictionsNo 2025 2024 2023
DistributionHuman Thought and Expression
Core AreaNone

Faculty Profile for Professor Haughwout

Ecological art is a contemporary social arts practice that brings living things into relationship with one another, bioremediates ecologies, and/or actively considers the resources, systems, and habitats for multiple species, in a range of different sites (large and small, rural and urban). Students practice ongoing creative thinking and problem solving, as well as encounter the challenges of visual form and expression, and the critical methods tied to 'eco-art,' largely through the ecologies specific to central New York. Students become familiar with contemporary and historical artistic practices and theoretical frameworks in the field, as they create a series of eco-art projects using a variety of mediums and materials that include both representational media and living relationships. Students work in the studio of the art building as well as a living "Food Forest Studio" in the village of Hamilton.

In the spirit of the liberal arts, the creative processes central to the course are relevant to a range of other disciplines as well. Attendance at our regularly scheduled ARTS Lecture Series is required. Material cost is $50–$100. This course serves as a prerequisite for all 200 level studio courses. Students who successfully complete this seminar will earn credit for ARTS 100 and satisfy one half of the human thought and expression areas of inquiry requirement.

The course will be taught by Professor Margaretha Haughwout, a practicing artist who collaborates with humans, and the more-than-human, across technologies and ecologies, gesturing to possible worlds — worlds that generate abundance, presence and relationship rather than scarcity. Most recently Margaretha’s work was featured at The Pixelache Festival in Helsinki, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, Stadtwerkstatt at Ars Electronica in Linz, Austria, and at the Usdan Gallery at Bennington College. She also recently installed Food Forest Futures, a permanent, living installation at the Robert Frost Stone House in Vermont. Website link: