Forest and Shores of Northern Michigan – A summer at the University of Michigan Biological Station
Description of Work
Artist Reception: NCRC, Building 18 on Friday, February 7, 5PM - 7PM
Cathy VanVoorhis was one of two artists in residence hosted by University of Michigan Biological Station (UMBS) during the summer 2019. The UMBS provides students and faculty the opportunity to study environmental science in the field, alongside some of the world’s most respected experts. Including cultural experts, through a residency program, in the mix provided a perfect bridge between the arts and sciences.
The work created during this residency will be featured in her exhibition titled “Forest and Shores of Northern Michigan – A summer at the University of Michigan Biological Station”, January 8 to May 3 This exhibition celebrates the NCRC Art program commitment to highlighting the intersection between the arts and science, and our belief that scientists and artists have the shared a common ability to look at the world and solve problems in very similar way; both pursue research through close observation and thoughtful analysis and translate their observation into actionable shared knowledge. The end product may be different, but both scientists and artists seek, sort and react to the data using similar methodologies.
Cathy VanVoorhis’ beautiful landscape paintings reflect the healing power of nature. Cathy travels to lakes, rivers and streams to witness the ecology and beauty of natural coastlines of Michigan, where she often immerses herself in nature to create her large-scale oil paintings. Along with nature, she finds inspiration in the writing of naturalists such as Rachel Carson, and the understanding of the intricate web of all life.
VanVoorhis’ work has been featured in group exhibitions at The Muskegon Museum of Art, The Saginaw Art Museum, The Dennos Art Museum in Traverse City, and The Alden B. Dow Museum of Art and Science in Midland. Her recent solo exhibits include: Rogel Cancer Center, Gifts of Art Program, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI ; The Center Gallery, Glen Arbor, MI; and Hillsdale College, Hillsdale, MI.