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Art + Science Workshop

The Workshop Instructors


The instructors are visual artist Todd Anderson and scientist Gary Machlis. Todd and Gary have been research collaborators since 2016. Their most recent collaboration (with artist Bruce Crownover) is the large-scale artist’s book Sentinels: The Piñon Pine and Juniper Trees of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments, Utah (2021).

Todd Anderson

Todd is an associate professor of art at Clemson University, where he joined the faculty in 2015. Prior to his career in academia, he trained and then worked as a collaborative fine art printer at Tandem Press in Wisconsin and The Artist’s Press in South Africa, respectively. Anderson received his MFA in Printmaking terminal degree from the University of New Mexico in the USA. He is a former recipient of a grant from the National Science Foundation to conduct fieldwork with scientists in Antarctica.
Anderson’s artwork has been a part of ~150 exhibitions and several books on printmaking. His artwork is part of numerous collections including Stanford and Yale Universities, the Davis Museum of Art, the U.S. Library of Congress, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Anderson is represented by four brick-and-mortar art galleries (Atlanta, Georgia; Oakland, California; Bozeman, Montana; and New York City) and has had artwork on display inside the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Most recently, his artwork was featured in the 2021 Universal Pictures film Dear Evan Hansen. Anderson is a co-founder of The Last Glacier Collective, which pairs artists with scientists and writers in the production of artist’s books centered on the global climate crisis. Anderson has traveled widely, including in the Caribbean, and safely conducted fieldwork throughout the American West, Antarctica, the Arctic, and Uganda.

Gary Machlis

Gary is a professor of environmental sustainability at Clemson University, where he joined the faculty in 2014. He served both terms of the Obama administration as Science Advisor to the Director of the National Park Service, the first scientist appointed to that position. 
Trained in ecology and sociology, he received his Ph.D. from Yale University. Machlis has written numerous books and published papers on environmental science in journals such as Science, Climate Change, BioScience, and Society and Natural Resources. He teaches courses on conservation, science policy, social ecology, and the ethics of science, and has led scientific teams responding to disasters such as the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, Hurricane Sandy, and the devastating Haitian earthquake. 
He is former recipient of a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts for a graduate course “Art, Ecology, and Architecture”. His most recent books are American Covenant: National Parks and Our Nation’s Future, and with artist Todd Anderson, writing the text for Sentinels: The Juniper Trees and Piñon Pine of the Grand Staircase-Escalante and Bears Ears National Monuments. Machlis is an elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and has led several field courses and scientific meetings on Vieques.