Hubbard Brook Artists-in-Residence

Rich Blundell

Rich Blundell is an ecologist and cultural communicator who researchers Big History, an emerging field that seeks to reveal and explain the interconnections between Earth, Life, and Humanity within a cosmic context. He is the founder of Oika, a science-based, art-driven, cultural movement.

Hubbard Brook projects: Ecology Extended
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Xavier Cortada

Xavier Cortada is an American artist. His work has been exhibited in museums, galleries, and cultural venues across the Americas, Europe, Asia, Antarctica, and Africa. From 2011 to 2018, Cortada based his engaged art-science practice at Florida International University, serving in the School of Environment, Arts and Society and the College of Communication, Architecture + The Arts (CARTA). He is most recently a Professor of Practice in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Miami. Cortada’s studio is based at Pinecrest Gardens, where he serves as Artist-in-Residence. A hallmark of his work is engaging scientists in his art-making and producing participatory science-art exhibits. Xavier has participated in on site and virtual artist-in-residence programs at both the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest, NH, and the HJ Andrews Experimental Forest, OR. 

Hubbard Brook projects: WaterViz; Wind Words; Water Paintings
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Torrin Hallet

Torrin Hallett is a student musician and composer. During a summer 2016 NSF REU program, Torrin created the Hubbard Brook Water Music—a combined aural and graphical representation of Hubbard Brook 2015 water cycle and weather data. The work includes a full year sonification of Hubbard Brook water cycle data, as well as acoustical representations of three hydrologic conditions: Heavy Precipitation, High Stream Flow, and Low Stream Flow. The full year piece plays for fourteen-and-a-half minutes, with a new hourly data point added every 100 milliseconds. A novel aspect is that the music is synched with a moving graph of the data, so that an audience can experience the data both in this new method of aural data representation and a more traditional graphical representation at the same time. Torrin’s work is featured as a blog post on National Geographic. The videos are also available on YouTube.

Hubbard Brook projects: Water Music

Raisa Kochmaruk

Raisa Kochmaruk is a scientific illustrator and recent graduate of Cornell University, where she earned an undergraduate degree in Environment & Sustainability with a self-designed concentration in Science Communication. During her time at Cornell, Raisa gained professional experience in science illustration working with the renowned Cornell Lab of Ornithology. As a member of the Kaiser Lab, Raisa produced a series of illustrations of female plumage variation and nestling development in the black-throated blue warbler. During summer 2021, Raisa is painting a mural at Hubbard Brook’s headquarters building that celebrates the site’s study species.

Hubbard Brook projects: Black-throated Blue Warbler illustrations for the Kaiser Lab; Mural at Hubbard Brook headquarters
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Rita LeDuc

Rita Leduc is an interdisciplinary artist based in New York’s Hudson Valley. Her work has been shown throughout the greater New York City area and beyond, including exhibitions at Mount Saint Mary College (NY), Wells College (NY), Nizhny Tagil Museum of Fine Art (Russia), Project 59 at Governors Island (NYC), RAW (Miami), and Ortega y Gasset Projects (NYC). She is the creator and director of GROUNDWORK, a creative retreat for participants from the Arts, Sciences, Humanities, and beyond, and teaches at William Paterson College of New Jersey, Ramapo College, Rutgers University, and Caldwell University. 

Hubbard Brook projects: Ecology Extended
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Nikki Lindt

Nikki Lindt is a Brooklyn-based ecological artist who has exhibited and presented her work nationally and internationally. Her recent projects include: a series on the thawing permafrost in the Arctic Region of Alaska, a study on the’ effects of nature on people’ in Abisko, Sweden, collaboration on ‘An Ecotopian Lexicon’ and an exploration of underground sound in rural and urban locations in the northeast of the US. Nikkis' projects often involve close multi-disciplinary collaboration with scientists, social scientists, philosophers, and others. Nikki is artist in residence at the NYC Urban Field Station for 2021.

Hubbard Brook projects: Beneath the Forest Floor
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Rebecca Schultz

Rebecca Schultz is a multidisciplinary artist and arts educator whose practice includes painting, drawing, printmaking, installation, and public art. Rebecca holds a BFA in painting from Rhode Island School of Design and an MA in Education, concentrating on Community-Based Arts Education, from San Francisco State University.

Hubbard Brook projects: Oil paintings based on Hubbard Brook geology
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Marty Quinn

Marty Quinn is a composer/data scientist and founder of Design Rhythmics Sonification Research Lab. He has focused on the perception of data thru music and visualization for over 25 years. His many works include “The Climate Symphony”, “Water Ice on Mars”, CRaTER Live Internet Radio, “Walk on the Sun” interactive movement and image sonification for the visually impaired and “Touch the Future: Hear the Climate Change”. He has worked on the NASA IBEX and CRaTER instruments teams at the University of New Hampshire, where he holds an M.S. in computer science. Marty has participated in on site and virtual artist-in-residence programs at both the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest, NH, and the HJ Andrews Experimental Forest, OR. 

Hubbard Brook projects: Sonifications for WaterViz; HydroScape