Michel Droge MFA '10
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Printmaking Michel Droge and students in her FY-In class, Climate Change and Maine Island Communities, partnered with The Island Institute to study climate change and its impact in Casco Bay. The goal was to bring local fishermen, artists and scientists together through a mutual concern for the future regarding climate change and to share their research with the public through the visual arts. Students traveled to various islands throughout the semester studying ocean acidification, ocean warming, rising tides, storm surges, new species and fishermen’s oral histories. They shared their findings about the impact and vulnerability of Maine’s islands in regard to these topics through an exhibition of their photographs, maps and hand-crafted artists’ books. This exhibition will be traveling to the State House in Augusta and some of the work will be published in the state’s Ocean Acidification Commission Report next month.