Passive Pollination invites viewers to observe and enjoy bees and other pollinators at work in a landscaping installation outside the RISD Museum building on Benefit Street. This project also encourages deeper reflection on where we can all make room for pollinators. From the individual to the institutional level, accountability can replace passivity when it comes to promoting healthy environments. This project, a winner of the 2023 Dorner Prize, is presented by Claudia Peck (RISD MLA 2025, Landscape Architecture).
The Dorner Prize is an annual juried competition that invites RISD student artists and designers to create new installations, performances, programs, or digital encounters that engage the public by using the RISD Museum’s object collections, public spaces, and digital platforms. The Dorner Prize, named for distinguished early 20th-century RISD Museum director Alexander Dorner, is made possible by a generous anonymous gift.
Emily Banas, Assistant Curator, Decorative Arts and Design, RISD Museum and
Jacqueline Shaw, Schiller Family Assistant Professorship in Race in Art and Design and Assistant Professor of Architecture, RISD