University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota
Sustainability Education

Interested in sustainability? Love art? The Institute on the Environment is excited to unroll a series of sustainability-related art exhibits in the commons this spring. We believe that sustainability is an issue that affects everyone, and it is important that everyone can learn more and become engaged. This is a great opportunity for us to both learn more about sustainability in all its forms and to teach others as well. We already have three exhibits lined up for this spring, and we are looking forward to each of them! The current exhibit is titled Ecomusicology by Mark Pedelty.

Current Exhibit



Ecomusicology is an interactive exhibit that explores the relationship of natural sounds to human well-being. The sound landscape of the Earth has changed drastically in the past century, which can change the way we think and feel and can alter our relationships with the environment. Bring a smartphone or tablet to the exhibit to experience art that captivates both eyes and ears. Each photograph is paired with a sound byte that accompanies the feelings portrayed in the image. See how humans change not only spacial environments, but sound as well. Mark Pedelty’s work has been on display throughout Minnesota. You can learn more about his hart and his book by visiting the Ecomusicology website.

Past Exhibits

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Downstream/Upstream, A Journey Through the Urban Water Cycle by Jonee Kulman Brigham

Global water is one of the wicked issues that the world faces today. Many scholars spend their lives studying the water cycle, treatment, and use. The new exhibit at the Institute on the Environment, however, focuses on a different crowd of water scholars- kindergartners and preschoolers.

Downstream/Upstream catalogs the journey of a group of 4-6 year olds as they discover the current water cycle and its importance. Each student was given a camera to document his or her experience studying local water. While engaging in creative activities such as singing, acting, and planting flowers, as well as touring parks and water treatment facilities, these children learned how their water use impacts everyone.

The gallery tells the story through a series of pictures, maps, and text descriptions, and was the first of many to be featured in the Institute on the Environment Commons.

The official gallery opening took place on February 6th with great success and featured a performance by the music group Horse Aquarium. Be sure to stop by R-350 sometime soon to take a look and enjoy some art.

Know of a great artist that has a passion for sustainability? Leave a comment for us and maybe you’ll see them featured next!

The Sustainability Education website is administered by the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment.

The University of Minnesota offers sustainability courses in most of its colleges and campuses around the state. These courses encompass biophysical sciences, social sciences, humanities, arts, design, engineering, business, and health. The Sustainability Studies minor is one of several interdisciplinary programs through which such diverse courses come together.