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Artist talks look at the land and what's on it

"Listening Horns" by Steven Badgett and collaborator Deborah Stratman.

Two artist talks that examine land use and architecture will be held this week on campus. Both are free and open to the public.  

Public lecture May 22

"Anthropogeomorphology and the Search for Meaning in the Built American Landscape" is the topic of Matthew Coolidge's talk. It is Wednesday, May 22, 7 p.m. in the Oxford Presentation Room of the Oxford Road Building.

As founder and director of the Center for Land Use Interpretation, Coolidge will take the audience on a tour through unusual and exemplary land use across the country and describe recent expeditions, tours, exhibitions and other programs produced along the way.

The center's interdisciplinary approach to investigating land use draws on the natural sciences, sociology, art, architecture and history to provide more information

about how land in the United States is divided, used and perceived.

Coolidge's talk is part of Art Papers LIVE contemporary art lecture series and is co-sponsored by Emory Visual Arts Gallery.

Artist talk May 23

An artist talk by Steven Badgett is Thursday, May 23, at 7 p.m. in the Visual Arts Building.

Badgett will discuss his work as an independent artist and founding member of artist collective SIMPARCH. SIMPARCH was founded in Las Cruces, N.M. in 1996 and specializes in large-scale, interactive installations that examine simple architecture, building practices and site specificity.

Badgett has received a New Mexico Arts Council grant and residencies in France, Germany, and the Center for Land Use Interpretation in Los Angeles.

His talk is sponsored by the Emory Visual Arts Department and Emory Friends of Visual Arts.

For more information, contact Faith McClure at 404-727-6315 or visit

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