Nika Meyers '11

Alliance for the Visual Arts Gallery & Art Center - Lebanon, NH
(Independent Study of Art and Environment)

Through an independent study project I explored food and art through various ways of creating, understanding, and working to enhance the integration of these two concepts into my own understanding. I went about this by undertaking an internship, working in a restaurant, growing and selling produce at a farmers market, visited other farms, established relationships with other artists, and creating a body of my own work.

 I was offered an internship with the Alliance for the Visual Arts Gallery and Art Center in Lebanon, NH. AVA is “dedicated to promoting the visual arts through year-round exhibitions and educational programs that nurture, support and challenge NH and VT artists of all ages and abilities.” The building itself had just been renovated three years ago from an overall factory into a LEED gold-certified building enhancing the commitment AVA has toward the environment in both physical existence but also in the classes offered, toxic waste regulations for tenants, and events open to the public. I had the honor of helping teach several classes, hanging 2 shows including their annual juried summer exhibition : A green-Themed Show, was in charge of managing two garden plots AVA had in the Lebanon community garden, and was continually challenge to see art through various environmental perspectives. As a studio art major and environmental studies minor, I cannot think of a better place to embrace both of these fields of study.