Office Hours: Holly Ewald on Engaging with Place, In Particular the Mashapaug Pond
Contemporary Art Gallery
Part of Locally Made’s One Room.
In Office Hours, artists, designers, experts, and brainiacs take the doors off of their offices and studios. Stop by for conversation or advice.
Surrounded by maps, books, binders, artwork, video and laptop available for the public to browse website and links, Holly Ewald will be available to talk with you about strategies for developing successful community art projects. Visitors are welcomed to browse her project materials, influential books, transcriptions of Mashapaug oral histories gathered by Brown students and watch videos of the Urban Pond Procession, as well as videos created by students in UPP workshops. —Holly Ewald
Free with museum admission.
Holly Ewald is an artist who works within the context of public spaces with the people who inhabit and treasure those places. As founder of the Urban Pond Procession (UPP) in 2007 she encourages other artists to use the history and environmental challenges of Mashapaug Pond to engage the public in creative responses to this neglected site. In her studio she develops her own responses, generating ideas for installations and for UPP workshops in schools, public places and community centers. Balancing studio work and public engagement is the outgrowth of over 30 years of maintaining a personal studio practice while facilitating others finding a voice through various visual languages in school, public, home, community and university settings. Her collaborative work has been most recently published in The Oral History Review, (vol.40 issue 1), and two books: Through Our Eyes, An Indigenous View of Mashapug Pond, a book she co-edited with Narragansett Elder Dawn Dove and Languages of the Land, A Dialogue with the Downs a book with Folklorist Michael Bell. Her work has been honored by Save the Bay, New Urban Arts, the Rhode Island Historical Preservation and Heritage Commission and T he Waterfront Center in Washington DC.