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Water Sonettos

ater Sonettos, on view at In/Flux Gallery, brought together Baltimore artists, activists and community members to explore their relationship to water systems and water ecology. Organized by Jann Rosen-Queralt, thru collaboration with the Lutheran World Relief Organization, the exhibit tackled regional and global perspectives on water's role in the matrix of life, creating a unique platform for awareness and examination through the combination of art, NGOs and educational programming.
Public programs connected artists and viewers to local and international NGOs and scientific researchers. These were coordinated by Ryan C. Patterson, presently Public Art Administrator at the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts (BFA '05, MICA and Ameri-Corp participant '09). Youth from Baltimore City schools and neighborhood community art groups visited the exhibition and participated in workshops. These provided an opportunity to respond to the artwork and resource area. Water themed movie nights added another dimension along with a performance by composer Erik Spangler, artistic director of Mobtown Modern. Speakers included Dr. Steward T.A. Pickett, Director of Baltimore Ecosystem Study, Elli Leontsini from Johns Hopkins, Center for Global Health and poet and MICA faculty member, Jennifer Wallace.

Jann Rosen-Queralt is a long time faculty member at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). She works with graduate students in the Master of Fine Art in Community Arts program as well as undergraduate students in the Interdisciplinary Sculpture department. Rosen-Queralt is an award-winning public artist who serves on the board of the Baltimore Public Art Commission and is a key member of the BES Arts Integration Steering Committee. She recently completed an Art-In-Transit Plan for the Baltimore Red Line, MTA Maryland, which presents a program supporting sustainable practices, green initiatives and the cultural fabric that makes the Baltimore community unique. These activities are integral to her commitment integrating art in the ecology of everyday life.




Water Sonettos was made possible through the generosity of the Lutheran World Relief organization, MICA's Alumni Association, Office of Community Engagement, Research Development Office, Johns Hopkins University Global Water Program and Baltimore Development Corporation's Operation Storefront program.




Jann Rosen-Queralt, 2012
3 panels, 20 x 98
Digital print on hand-made Unryu rice paper



Water Footprint
Jann Rosen-Queralt, 2012
Cast iron, steel, vinyl, water




Jann Rosen-Queralt, 2012
Paper, sound, steel, textiles

Cycle (Rainy Day)
Jann Rosen-Queralt, 2012
Video, 3:36
VIEW: http://jannrosen-queralt.com/Pages/rainyday.html

Sentience (Journey)
Jann Rosen-Queralt, 2012
Video, 4:44
VIEW: http://jannrosen-queralt.com/Pages/journey.html

Sustenance (Food Cycle)
Jann Rosen-Queralt, 2012
Video, 4:55
VIEW: http://jannrosen-queralt.com/Pages/food_cycle.html

Laure Drogul
Rainbow arch of recycled water bottles
MICA MFA, Rinehart School of Sculpture '81


Marian Glebes
"Untitled Emergency Survival Tactics"
Materials: harbour water, self-designed and built filter (clear pvc pipe, rocks, gravel, sand, plant, soil, cotton, activated carbon, water bottle), chain, ladder, champagne flutes, cook pot, propane stove, non-rigid pvc tubing, scintillation vials, bleach, syringes, paper, bucket, hand pump, audience participation.


Lisa Moren
"Chesapeake Bay Water Watercolor"
Over 100 handmade postcards painted with Chesapeake Bay sediments. Displayed on a spinning rack.
Framed Marbleized Paper from the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill. 25" x 33"

Valeska Populoh
"Charm City Merfolk"

A performance featuring two centuries-long residents of the Chesapeake Bay who have left their native waters in order to understand the source of its destruction. In search of answers and possible solutions, they wander the streets of Baltimore, interviewing its residents, intercepting debris before it enters the waterways and crafting merfolk charms from plastic bottles. These sea-life charms will become part of a portable environment for the merfolk, and serve as a kind of exchange for donations of plastic bottles from humans and their promises to help restore the Chesapeake.
MICA BFA FIBER '06, Master of Arts in Teaching



Eileen Wold
Wold's work examines the large sums of trash that wash up along the shore line of the Middle Branch of the Patapsco along the Hospital. This area collects heavy amounts of debris and litter from the river outfalls that are rarely picked up. Through her work, Eileen tackles the process of cleaning up the shoreline pieces at a time and examines the trash as a whole, reducing it to one square meter. Her piece shows the shoreline with one square meter of trash before and after it is removed, examines some of the objects she finds through drawings and exhibits the one square meter of trash at the gallery.



Katie O'Meara
O'meara's work examines the relationship of greenspaces to a network of hidden streams on Baltimore's west side. Through water color maps Katie proposes reexamining the urban grid to accomdate new types of greenspaces and water cleansing, pollution reducing natural resources that can clean the water moving through our storm drains before it reaches the harbor and Bay.

  1. Utilize artistic practice to communicate (a) the urgency of global water conditions and (b) the strength and wisdom of women in Mali whom experience poverty and marginalization.

  2. Provide youth with an experience to understand the fragile link between water and a sustainable city creating greater awareness of the universality of environmental issues facing our planet.
  3. Energize Baltimore's underutilized commercial space while creating a cultural experience for the community and define new ground for artists, public health professionals, scientists and sustainable developers to work together towards a common goal heightening the concerns between humans and their surroundings.
  4. Invite local NGO's to share materials in a distinctive location potentially visited by a different audience then their usual supporters.
  5. Highlight MICA's commitment to community engagement, while encouraging collegial inter-disciplinary collaboration between faculty, alumni and students.
  6. Tell the story of LWR programming with water and women to audience they have not been connected with previously; encouraging fascination, curiosity, empathy, intellectual stimulation and the aspiration for behavioral change.

Guest poet Jennifer Wallace shares her work, which finds influence in an urban ecology that embraces both the human senses and what can only be called the soul of modern life, its sights, sounds, and flavors.


Elli Leontsini from the Center for Global Health discusses the social, cultural and behavioral factors in community-based disease prevention and control in resource-poor settings.


Charm City Merfolk leads a craft making session using found materials.
Family day gave people an opportunity to meet participating artists, ask questions about their work and participate in activities such as casting, marbling and painting with pigments derived from minerals distilled from Baltimore's waters.

Mold making at Family Day

Youth at Family Day

Water Sonettos sponsored water awareness workshops that introduced making recycled bottle planter/terrariums, marbleizing paper and casting soap.
Schools that participated included 901 Arts & Native American After School Program and Waverly Elementary/Middle school. Other participants included Parks & People, The Club at Collington Square and Jubilee Arts.