SOU Biology Professor is Chosen Artist-in-Residence at Crater Lake

John Sollinger(Ashland, Ore)  John Sollinger, an associate professor in University Seminar at Southern Oregon University, has been invited to be the established Artist-in-residence at Crater Lake National Park this fall. 

Sollinger, an award-winning glass mosaic artist, has long held an interest in how art represents biological understanding. “Although my visual vocabulary has been shaped by science, my techniques, which result in what I call “mosaintings,” evolve through trial and error, and lots of blood, sweat and tears,” says Sollinger.

According to the National Park Service web site, the Artist-in-residence program “provides an opportunity for two eligible artists to spend up to two weeks of the fall, and another two artists for up to two weeks in the winter, at Crater Lake National Park to pursue their particular art form while being surrounded by the awe-inspiring landscape of the park.”

“I intend to spend my time hiking, expecting to capture digital images of fire and fire effects on vegetation and landscapes. Select images will provide a basis for planned mosaics that depict the relationship between fire and man and introduces ‘Smokey 2.0,’ who knows that forest health depends on natural fires,” says Sollinger.

In 2010, Mosaic Arts International named Radiance, a stained glass mosaic created by Sollinger, “Best in Show” at the International Mosaic Art Exhibit in Chicago.

"Snowfell" by John Sollinger

“Snowfell” by John Sollinger

Sollinger’s mosaic, Snowfell, has been chosen to hang in the “Mosaics of the World” exhibition at the Third Ravenna Mosaico – First International Fesival of Contemporary Mosaic in Ravenna, Italy this October through November.

For more information contact John Sollinger at 541-973-7806 or sollinger@jeffnet.org

For more information about the Crater Lake National Park Artists-in-Residence program, visit http://www.nps.gov/nps/crla/air.htm

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