Hara Woltz to Discuss Observations on Works of Art and Science at Annual Newman Lecture

Woltz addresses the destruction and conservation of ecological systems through visual media.

Hara Woltz standing in field with notebookOn Thursday, October 11, Manhattan College will host the ninth annual Cardinal Newman Lecture, presented by Hara Woltz. The event will begin at 4 p.m. in room 5A of the Kelly Commons.

An artist and scientist who addresses the destruction and conservation of ecological systems through a variety of visual media, Woltz will discuss “Field Notes: Observations on Works of Art and Science.”

Field research is integral to the creation of Woltz’s work, and her solo and collaborative projects investigate the relationships between humans, the environment, and other living organisms. Her art works reside in a number of private and corporate collections, and she has exhibited in spaces ranging from Sotheby’s to Storm King Art Center.

Woltz has worked on a number of global ecological and habitat design projects, including habitat restoration for native species in New Zealand, giant tortoise and Waved Albatross habitat assessment and restoration in Galápagos, Ecuador, and biological and cultural resilience programs in Solomon Islands, Melanesia.

Woltz’s work has appeared in various publications, including ORION, Biological Conservation, Popular Science, New York Magazine, and Landscape Architecture Magazine. As an undergraduate, she studied studio art and biology at Duke University. She has an MA in landscape architecture from the University of Virginia, and an MA in conservation biology from Columbia University.

Her past awards include an American Museum of Natural History fellowship, an ASLA award of honor, a Columbia departmental research award, and an artist residency at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies. She consults as a visiting artist and scientist at the American Museum of Natural History, and has a studio in New York City.

The Cardinal Newman Lecture was launched at Manhattan College in 2010 to celebrate Cardinal John Henry Newman’s beatification. The goal of the lecture series is to reaffirm the significance of the liberal arts as the core of undergraduate education. 

By Pete McHugh