Galleries of Contemporary Art


August 25–October 6, 2011

Matt Barton, Jane McMahan, Susan Meyer, Elaine Ng, and Laura Tyler


Events are free, but space is limited—register to secure your spot.

HIVE is an interdisciplinary exhibition celebrating the honeybee through the lens of visual art. Five artists have been invited to explore the impact of this vital insect through sculpture, site-specific and interactive installations, and encaustic (beeswax) paintings. Highlighting the important role honeybees play in human culture, history, food production, and ecosystems, HIVE will elevate the discussion of our inter-connectedness.

It's estimated that one in three bites of food on our fork come courtesy of the work of pollinators. Honeybees are vital not only to our backyard ecosystems but play a powerhouse role in large-scale food production as well. The human-honeybee relationship goes back thousands of years--we've farmed bees to the point that we are now highly dependent on their ability to bring fruit (and nuts) to bear on our crops. As bees suffer from Colony Collapse Disorder Syndrome, a mysterious combination of viral and environmental attacks on bee colonies, humans need to give back to the bees who have given us so much and work to support their existence.

HIVE will expand beyond the gallery as part of a city-wide celebration of pollinators in Fall 2011 called CROSS-POLLINATION. Visit the CROSS-POLLINATION website for a complete listing of events by clicking here.

Image Credit: Backlit Comb, Photo by Laura Tyler, 2010