Professor Jennifer Angus appointed the Audrey Rothermel Bascom Professor in Human Ecology.
For more than fourteen years, internationally acclaimed Design Studies faculty member Professor Jennifer Angus has been blending together teaching, service and creative scholarship in a way that lifts communities, inspires students and stirs the imagination.
Best known for large site specific installations in which real insects, albeit dead and dried, are pinned onto the wall in patterns that mimic wallpaper, Professor Angus is currently working towards a project at the Renwick Gallery at the Smithsonian where she has been invited to create an installation for the inaugural exhibition upon the gallery’s reopening after a three year major renovation.Preliminary estimates from the Smithsonian indicate that during the run of the show 200,000 people will see her work.
Angus has shown in venues around the world, and prestigious locations such as the Craft and Folk Art Museum in Los Angeles, the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City, and the John Michael Kohler Art Center in Sheyboygan Wisconsin.
In addition to work as a visual artist, in 2013 Professor Angus published a children’s novel, In Search of Goliathus Hercules, described by Publisher’s Weekly “Roald Dahl meets Franz Kafka in this charming and unpredictable debut novel …” and “With respect and clever characterization, she makes fleas and other creepy-?crawlies downright sympathetic, leaving readers to rethink their relationship with the insect world.”
But it is her commitment to improving the lives of local artisans AND engaging students that fuels the collaboration with faculty members Carolyn Kallenborn, Dee Warmath and 4W leader Janet Niewold to launch an interdisciplinary outreach program connecting students with artisans who have requested assistance with microenterprise development. The program leverages the relationships that UW has built over many years at global health field course sites in Ecuador, Mexico and Kenya to create a product design and marketplace system to support the economic well being of local artisans. Each site is an underdeveloped community where women are marginalized and have few opportunities to develop skills and participate in revenue generating activities.
Involvement in this project gives women opportunities to learn, teach, gain self-?esteem, create new products and generate income they can invest in their families and communities; and is a signature effort of the 4W movement.
Congratulations Professor Angus on this remarkable recognition.