Faculty art exhibit explores global warming

 “Umbrella Island, 2014,” by Timothy McDowell.

“Umbrella Island, 2014,” by Timothy McDowell.

An installation of works by two College art professors aims to raise awareness of global warming.

The show, “Towards A New Reality,” features sculptures, dioramas, prints and paintings by Associate Professor of Art Gregory Bailey and Professor of Art Timothy McDowell and is on display in the Cummings Arts Center Galleries through March 5.

The artists say the show represents their response to the “increasingly ominous” data and subsequent scientific warnings about rising temperatures, rising oceans and rising CO2 levels “that seems to have us spiraling towards a new reality.”

Although the artwork is not conspicuously political, the work embraces an opinion that global warming is real and offers a means of coping through images and objects that attempt to provide real or imagined solutions, depictions of an uncertain future and nature in defiance of human control.

Bailey and McDowell will give a gallery talk at 4:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 19 followed by a reception. The Cummings Arts Center Galleries are open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and weekend days from 1 to 4 p.m. For more information, contact the art department at 860-439-2740.