municipalWORKSHOP exhibit in Circle Gallery accompanies lecture by public artist

municipalWORKSHOP exhibit in Circle Gallery accompanies lecture by public artist Richard Saxton

Athens, Ga. – The University of Georgia’s School of Environmental Design presents “Laboratory Works,” an exhibit by Richard Saxton, public artist and founder of municipalWORKSHOP, a creative laboratory currently based in Sheboygan, Wis. Saxton will give a public lecture in room 116 of the Lamar Dodd Visual Arts Building on March 5 at 5 pm. A reception and an opening event will follow in the Circle Gallery, G14 Caldwell Hall. The lecture, reception and exhibit, which will remain on display through April 4, are free and open to the public.

The exhibit takes inspiration from local landscapes and addresses issues of environmental sustainability, alternative energy, reuse of salvaged materials and reclamation of abandoned and underused public spaces. The work is done in collaboration with municipalities in an effort to solve local problems and inspire residents to take pride in their locale.

Saxton’s enthusiasm and direction have garnered national attention for municipalWORKSHOP, which is designed to encourage collaborative experimentation and community problem-solving through the creation of public artworks.

“Saxton and other artists affiliated with municipalWORKSHOP are creating a new model for public art making and providing innovative solutions for environmental problems while also invigorating civic life,” said Eric MacDonald, a professor in the School of Environment and Design.

The lecture is supported b the School of Environmental Design and the UGA Willson Center for Humanities and Arts.

For more information on municipalWORKSHOP see, http://www.municipalworkshop.org/.