A 2009 exhibition of artworks by students and resident artist Adelaide Paul at the Akron Zoological Park was the culmination of a yearlong drawing and sculpture studio project that examines the relationships between animals and humans. Myers School of Art faculty worked with Akron Zoological Park staff to link the educational and creative mission of the University with the conservation and educational goals of the Zoo. Sculptor Adelaide Paul visited the Myers School of Art in the spring as an artist in residence.
Paul’s work investigates the varied and sometimes conflicting relationships between humans and animals. Trained in veterinary medicine, Paul provides a bridge between art and science. She was the recipient of a Pew Fellowship in the Arts in 2007.
Professor Donna Webb chaired a panel discussion on observation within art and science. The panel included Peter Mohan, Manager, Living Collections at the Akron Zoological Park; Peter H. Niewiarowski, Professor of Biology Program In Integrated Bioscience, University of Akron; and Adelaide Paul, Instructor, University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine and Maryland Institute College of Art. An Ohio Arts Council grant supported this program.
For more on her work, visit http://artaxis.org/adelaide-paul/.