Our flagship project, the Kingston Bee-Line, was a finalist for ArtPlace America’s 2017 National Creative Placemaking Fund!!!! On June 6, 2017, ArtPlace America announced that Hudson Valley Bee Habitat’s Kingston Bee-Line was one of 70 proposals selected out of 987 applications for the 2017 National Creative Placemaking Fund (NCPF) finalist round, making HVBH’s project one of just 7% of the projects across the country to make this cut. Although our project was not funded this year, we are encouraged by the recognition.
We played bee bingo with our Kingston neighbors at the Kingston YMCA Farm Project's Community Harvest Party (Sept. 2017)
Big Beautiful Collaborative Solitary Bee Habitat Build
Jen and Emily were Visiting Instructors for the University of Hartford's Interdisciplinary MFA Program, Nomad 9. Jen and Emily engaged the students in outdoor contemplative exercises and co-designed and built a large-scale sustainable solitary bee habitat on Linda Weintraub's homestead.
Seeds and Bees in the BIG City
We shared the wonder of seeds and bees with our friends at the SEEDSHED during Seeds and Bees days at the Union Square Green Market in NYC.
3D-printed ceramic bee habitats!
Jen Woodin premiered our 3D-printed ceramic bee habitat prototypes at the The National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) Conference in Portland, Oregon, March 2017.
BUZY BEES: 3D-Printed Bee Habitats!
HVBH premiered our 3D-printed PLA solitary bee habitat designs and bronze bumble bee habitat in the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art from January 25th-April 9, 2017 as a part of the "Intimately Unfamiliar: New Work by SUNY New Paltz Art Faculty" Exhibition at SUNY New Paltz. HVBH also exhibited the prototypes at the Garner Arts Festival, May 20-21st, 2017 and at the grand opening of the 3DVP (3D Visualization and Prototyping) Lab at the Grant Street Studios at Arizona State University, Phoenix, AZ, April 2017. As accessibility is our focus, we intentionally designed our prototypes to be printed using a consumer-grade Makerbot at the SUNY New Paltz Art Department's Digital Fabrication Lab.
Pollinating Engagement with Bees through Sculpture
HVBH gave a hands-on workshop entitled: "Pollinating Engagement with Bees through Sculpture" at the New York State Art Teachers Association (NYSATA Region 7) Symposium at SUNY New Paltz, April 2017.
Emily Puthoff presented HVBH's work at the State of New York Sustainability Conference on panel entitled "Why Art Matters to Sustainability" at SUNY Cortland in Nov. 2017. She gave presentations on our work in the: "NYFA/NYSCA Fellows" and the "Technology and Art" Artist Talks at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art at SUNY New Paltz (Oct. 2017/Mar. 2017); at the Ulster County Beekeepers Association (April 2017); and SUNY New Paltz Design Week Slide Slam (April 2017). She first pitched the Bee-Line at the 2016-17 National Arts Strategies Creative Community Fellows Retreat in January of 2017 on Bainbridge Island, Washington.