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Local and Global Water Crises Theme for Art Installation at Creighton

Local and Global Water Crises Theme for Art Installation at Creighton

Creighton University’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts will host an art installation and lecture series, titled “Watered Down,” Sept. 17 - Oct. 15, at the University’s Lied Education Center for Performing Arts Gallery.

The lectures and installation address social, economic and environmental issues surrounding a global water crisis at the local, national and international levels, including developing countries. All events are free to the public.

Creighton alumnus and nationally recognized artist Matthew Dehaemers is the creative force behind the “Watered Down” installation. He has devoted his career to highlighting relevant social issues. He says his goal is to make art that operates on multiple levels, allowing everyone to have a relationship with the art.

Dehaemers will discuss his ideas and research for “Watered Down” during an opening night lecture at 5 p.m. on Sept. 17 in the gallery’s lobby. A reception will follow.

Three other local and national speakers will participate in the lecture series – most notably Robert Glennon, Morris K. Udall Professor of Law and Public Policy at the University of Arizona. Glennon, author of “Unquenchable: America's Water Crisis and What To Do About It,” will speak at noon on Oct. 6, in the ballroom of the Mike and Josie Harper Center, 602 N. 20th St., on Creighton’s campus.

Gary Michels, Ph.D., Creighton associate professor of chemistry and director of a water purification project through the Institute for Latin American Concern (ILAC) in the Dominican Republic, will speak at 5 p.m. Sept. 23, at Harper Center, room 3023. The subject of his talk is “Water Quality and Public Health: Water Purification in the Dominican Republic and Guatemala.” Shannon Meister, education coordinator for Council Bluffs Recycling Center, will complete the lecture series lineup, speaking on “Water We doing to Our Environment: How Recycling Helps,” at 3:30 p.m. on Sept. 29, in the Harper Center ballroom.

For more information on the Watered Down installation and lecture series please contact Erin Walcek Averett at 402.280.2261, or visit the Lied Gallery website, http://www.creighton.edu/liedgallery.