WES KLINE, MFA
Wes Kline is an artist and faculty at Ringling College of Art and Design, having taught previously at New Mexico State University, for six years at the University of Florida and two years at St. Lawrence University. He earned his MFA in Studio Art from the University of Illinois, Chicago in 2005.
His research and work looks at "minor" pivots in modernist narratives, focusing specifically on ecology, language and performance in proximity to architecture, philosophy and meta-modernism. He has shown his work nationally and internationally and teaches courses in photography and extended media, including video, installation and sound.
EMILY HEFFERNAN, PhD
EMILY HEFFERNAN is an ecologist, entomologist, and interdisciplinary artist. She was the recipient of the 2019 OUSTA (Outstanding Undergraduate Science Teaching Award) from the Society of College Science Teachers. Emily is an Associate Professor of Biology and Environmental Studies at New College of Florida in Sarasota, Florida.
Emily works with populations of endangered butterflies and uses molecular techniques to track genetic diversity and bacterial infection over time. Her research spans multiple continents; from ant mutualisms in the Malaysian rainforest to the preservation of the Miami Blue butterfly in Florida. Emily’s research practice investigates themes of mutualism, biodiversity, and the importance of imagining a new multi-species future.