The Spring 2017 Artist in Residence is Peter Krsko, whose residency is presented by the UW-Madison Arts Institute.
Krsko is a bio-inspired artist whose approach combines science and art; participatory, interactive and community arts; and play with hands-on education. He creates collaborative and community public art, such as sculptures and murals, inspired by biological concepts of diversity, differentiation, participation and co-ownership. Krsko also develops STEAM-based lesson plans for schools, summer camps, after-school programs and correctional facilities.
While in residence, Krsko will teach a semester-long interdisciplinary course, "Zoethica: Bioinspired Art and Science." The course is cross-listed in several departments, including as Art 469.
In this class, Krsko will focus on interaction with students, project-oriented learning that will lead to development of new and original artwork and utilizing the artwork to further promote the topic to the general public. This artwork will be exhibited and published in an online resource, with the goal of continuing to educate the public about bioinspired systems after the residency’s conclusion. More information about this digital platform will be available soon.
The residency will culminate with a public installation of student work at Olbrich Botanical Gardens, with the opening reception taking place on May 5, 2017 as part of Gallery Night.
There are plenty of exciting events in store throughout the spring semester. If you are interested in hearing Krsko speak about his work (March 1 and April 19) or attend opening receptions for his outdoor installations (April 7 and May 5) visit the Peter Krsko residency website.