CSPA Director Ian Garrett to speak at Rice University on Thursday, March 26

Ian Garrett Headshot-4-2014CSPA Director Ian Garrett to speak as part of the The Arts in the Humanities Lecture Series, 2014-15 in the Rice University Department of Visual and Dramatic Arts.

Ian Garrett
Arts, the Environment and Sustainability in the Near Future

March 26, 2015
7-9:00 p.m.
Hamman Hall (reception to follow talk)

Ian Garrett is assistant professor of ecological design and performance at York University in Toronto.  He received his BA in architectural studies and art history from Rice University and his MFA in producing and lighting design from the California Institute of the Arts.

Garrett is a designer, producer, administrator and educator. He is assistant professor of ecological design for performance at York University in Toronto, co-founder of the Center for Sustainable Practice in the Arts, and resident designer at the Indy Convergence. He is a member of USITT, OISTAT and ADC, and is associate curator for the US entry into the 2015 Prague Quadrennial. He serves as Vice chair of the Board of Trustees for DanceUSA, the national service organization for professional dance in the US.

He has many active projects for which he is serving as a designer and systems consultant, most recently the set and energy capture systems for Vox:Lumen, a full length dance production which premiered at the Harbourfront Centre in March 2015. He designed the video systems of DTAH Architects’ installation for the Storefront for Art and Architecture’s Toronto Site, and was the designer for the lighting team of Crimson Collective’s Ascension at the 2010 Coachella Music Festival. He received the 2006 LA Weekly Theater Award for his lighting of Permanent Collection, at the Kirk Douglas Theatre, and lit Song of Extinction (Moving Arts), the 2008 LA Weekly Production of the Year.

Garrett has chaired the conferences Sustainability in Theatre and Staging Sustainability, 2014, and served as sustainability coordinator for World Stage Design, 2013. His writing includes the chapters The Carbon Footprint of Theatrical Production, published in Readings in Performance and Ecology, from Palgrave McMilian, and the paper Theatre is No Place for a Plant in Landing Stages from the Ashden Directory. His essay Art, the Environment, and Sustainability, is one of ten commissioned monographs being released by Americans for the Arts this year looking at the future of the arts in the US.

logo_rice3This Arts in the Humanities lecture is a collaborative partnership with the Department of Visual and Dramatic Arts, the Rice School of Architecture, the Humanities Research Center, and the Center for Energy and Environmental Research in the Human Sciences (CENHS).

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