About the Exhibition
Moth Migration Project is a crowd-sourced collection of hand printed, drawn and cut paper moths exhibited in an installation format along the walls and ceiling of the gallery. In this exhibition, artist Hilary Lorenz highlight moths from the New Brunswick geographic area with the goal of collecting and exhibiting 4,000 moths. In the time leading up to the exhibition, Lorenz will engage local artists, teachers, colleges and civic groups to become participants in the project, thus bringing the spotlight to our extended community.
Choosing moths, a nocturnal pollinator, as the vehicle for cross-pollination and international exchange, and using social media, artist Hilary Lorenz invited people to create paper moths native to their geographic location. The moths became a symbol of community as the project expands with artist submissions, satellite exhibitions, printmaking workshops, school art projects and family and community gatherings.
Since its inception in 2017, Moth Migration Project has fostered an international cross-pollination of ideas and community building among friends and strangers with 15,463 submissions. Moth Migration Project is far more reaching than exhibition locations; there are additional components including a Facebook Moth Migration Group, where people cultivate relationships and share photographs of their moths and personal experience, a website at mothmigrationproject.net, workshops and public print socials.
About the Artist
Hilary Lorenz is a Brooklyn, NY and Abiquiu, NM based artist. She makes large-scale installations of printed and cut paper that revolve around her physical exploration and relationship with the natural world and her experience and infatuation with frontier living.
Lorenz’s exhibitions include, Flutter, BRIC, Brooklyn, NY, (2017), Call and Response, Wave Hill, Bronx, NY (2017), Cross Pollination, Albuquerque, NM (2017), Birding, Brooklyn Bridge Park Commission, Brooklyn, NY (2016) Lean-to me, Courthouse Gallery, Lake George, NY (2015), Nomadic Geography, Wave Hill, Bronx, NY (2014), In the Spirit, Pioneer Bluff Gallery, KS (2014), Mountain Journeys, Muriel Guépin Gallery, NY, NY (2011).
Her residencies include, Chilkoot Trail Artist Residency, Yukon Arts Centre and Parks Canada (2018), LMCC Process Space, Governors Island, NY (2016), National Seashore C-Scape Residency, Cape Cod, MA (2016 and 2008); ARTS Tasmania, Australia (2008); Lower East Side Printshop, New York, NY (2006, 2007). Lorenz is a Fulbright Scholar and NEA Mid-Atlantic Fellow, her artwork has been reviewed in NY Times, LA Times, Art in America, and Art on Paper. She received her MA and MFA from the University of Iowa in Printmaking and Intermedia.