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Basia Irland partners with Antioch College, UD on art project

Glass bookYELLOW SPRINGS, Ohio — July 31, 2012 — Antioch College is hosting a shared residency with the University of Dayton featuring water and eco-artist Basia Irland. Irland has been traveling to different eco-systems in the United States and internationally to create what she describes as ice books. Her work was recognized by the Antioch community during the recent exhibition, SOURCE, which was on display from May through August in the Herndon Gallery at Antioch College.

Irland creates her pieces by working with stream biologists and botanists to identify seeds from endangered species, and then carves large ice books. Seeds are embedded in the book as text to be read before being launched into local streams or rivers.

Irland will be coming to the Dayton area in September, where she and other community partners will be creating ice books, which will be launched into the Greater Miami River at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, September 14 at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Park next to the Stewart Street Bridge. She will be presenting a public lecture on Thursday, September 13 at 7:00 p.m. at the McGinnis Center on the University of Dayton campus.

The exhibition of Irland's work will be on view at ArtStreet Studio D Gallery from August 22 through September 15, on the University of Dayton campus.

Irland will be returning to the area to continue her residency, at Antioch College’s Glen Helen the weekend of March 1, 2, and 3. She will be working with students from Antioch College and the University of Dayton, as well as other interested community members.

Irland has the honorary title of faculty scholar at the University of New Mexico, and has received grants and awards from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Research Foundation. She has also been a Fulbright senior research fellow and a Woodrow Wilson fellow.

For information about an opportunity to create a small ice book for Irland’s project, contact Dennie Eagleson at

About Antioch College

Antioch College is a small, liberal arts institution located on a historical campus in Yellow Springs, Ohio. The College has an inspiring mission and a proud history of educating leaders and contributors to our society, including Nobel Laureates, Fulbright Scholars, MacArthur Fellows, notables in arts and culture, the sciences, the public sector, and business. Our innovative baccalaureate program integrates rigorous classroom learning with full-time work and community engagement. Commitments to social justice, sustainability, and global issues are important components of the Antioch College experience. A low student–faculty ratio provides Antioch College students with personal attention from professors who have a strong commitment to teaching. Originally founded in 1850, Antioch College is authorized by the Chancellor of the Ohio Board of Regents to grant the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees.