Archives for June 2012

‘William Wegman: Hello Nature’ Exhibition Catalogue Available

William Wegman: Hello Nature


The companion book to the Bowdoin College Museum of Art exhibition William Wegman: Hello Nature is available for pre-order from the Bowdoin Bookstore. Best known for his photography and videos, particularly of his dogs, Wegman is also an accomplished painter, draftsman, and writer, and an avid outdoorsman. In this unique and very personal volume, the artist and contributors examine Wegman’s relationship to place and his sources of inspiration, including Boy Scout manuals, field guides, and the like. By creatively incorporating these materials, this catalogue embodies the artist’s quirky and nostalgic aesthetic.

Hello Nature, a comprehensive exhibition showcasing more than 30 years of Wegman’s work, will be on view at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art from July 13 through October 21, 2012. It will feature more than 100 works including photographs, videos, paintings and drawings — all of which were produced in or inspired by the state of Maine. Taken together, this body of work attests to Wegman’s rigorous and sustained engagement with the natural world and places the artist squarely within the American landscape tradition. To mark the opening of this major exhibition, the artist will deliver a keynote talk at 5 p.m. Saturday, July 14, followed by a public reception at the Museum.

New Nike Ad Features Joan Benoit Samuelson ’79

A new Nike commercial that “celebrates how far women’s sports have come by featuring elite athletes who defied convention—women who wanted to play so badly, they wrote their own rules,” features trailblazing 1984 Women’s Marathon Olympic Gold Medalist Joan Benoit Samuelson ’79.

Arctic Blogger Alison Weisburger ’10 Brings Concerns to the Surface (Arctic Institute)

Alison Weisburger '10. Photo: The Arctic Institute.


Alison Weisburger ’10, North American Arctic analyst and outreach coordinator at The Arctic Institute, has been sharing her research and insight on the policy institute’s blog.

In a recent post, Weisburger takes issue with a news outlet’s recent coverage of the Arctic and issues facing the Inuit.

“To highlight how the declining ability to hunt seals impacts sled-dogs rather than people illustrates either a lack of understanding of a typical traditional food based Inuit diet, or an outsized, but not uncommon, concern with the plight of Arctic animals over Arctic human beings,” writes Weisburger in an op-ed piece.






A Summer Preston Fellow Helps Heal Migrant Farmers


Jessica Laplante '12

Jessica Laplante '12

This summer, thousands of migrant farm workers will travel to Maine to harvest blueberries, apples, broccoli, and other crops. These are people living on the edge financially, and sometimes legally, and the hardship of the physically arduous farm work they do just adds to the stress they already live with daily.

They also have limited or no access to consistent healthcare because they may lack health insurance, don’t speak English, or are never settled in one location for long. “They’re one of the most invisible populations because they’re so mobile,” Jessica Laplante ’12 says. “They may have a home, but they’re always moving around.”

Laplante has a fellowship from the Preston Public Interest Career Fund, a program overseen by Bowdoin’s Career Planning center, to fund her summer internship with the Maine Migrant Health Program. This is a 21-year-old nonprofit based in Augusta, Maine that provides low-cost and free medical care to migrant farm workers. The Preston Fund every year gives a dozen or so qualified Bowdoin students a $4,000 stipend so they can accept unpaid positions at organizations that serve the disadvantaged.
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