The Promise of an Acorn
The Art of Oak Ecosystems
July 22 to September 2, 2018
WHAT IS AN OAK ECOSYSTEM? So much more than just a type of tree, oaks are a keystone species that provide critical food and habitat for more than 600 species and create their own unique ecosystems by affecting the light levels, soil moisture, pH, and types of organic matter found in their surroundings. In addition, each large oak can reduce 5,400 gallons of storm water runoff and remove more than 1,000 lbs. per year of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. They are also drought and heat tolerant, making them relatively well adapted to future climate impacts. Unfortunately, the number of these trees has been reduced by 80% in our local region, and they are in need of our help to make a comeback.
Our exhibition, The Promise of an Acorn, focuses not just on the oak itself, but also on the unique habitat it creates, the other species it supports, and its impact on the environment and culture.
Beverly Behrens · Stephanie Bird · Gabriella Boros · Carrie Carlson · Dolores Diaz
Heidi Jachna · Heeyoung Kim · Kumie Kim · Taehoon Kim
Peggy Macnamara · Victoria Marchio · Mary McCloskey · Carol Jean Rogalski
Barbara Rose · Carla Schmakel · Georgia Schwender · Vicky Tesmer