Renowned environmental and social activist/artist, Andrea Bowers is the 2012 Artist-in-Residence for the Marva and John Warnock Endowed Visiting Artist Residency Program at the University of Utah.

Bowers will be teaching for the Department of Art & Art History while living and creating work at the Artspace Commons in downtown SLC. Executive director, Jessica Norie, says that Artspace is honored to partner with the Department of Art & Art History. “Having artist Andrea Bowers live and create at Artspace is an invaluable opportunity for the Artspace creative community to interact with an artist who has exhibited all over the world,” she said in a recent press release.

Bowers will be teaching a special topics course in Spring 2012, with open enrollment to selective students in the College of Fine Arts. The course is designed to expose students to contemporary art practice and scholarship on the subject of Public practice–also called participatory art, community art, public art, situational art or social sculpture.

“My goals and aspirations for the class are to introduce the students to contemporary art methods, practices and theory,” Bowers says. “I hope to work collaboratively with the students to create a project as an outcome of the residency that will focus on the beautiful landscape of Utah and the social, economic and political forces affecting it.”

Bowers will be giving a public lecture on Jan. 25th in the Dumke Auditorium at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts, 410 Campus Center Drive. SLC. This lecture is free and open to the public. Visit finearts.utah.edu for more info.