BIO

Wendy DesChene (Canada) and Jeff Schmuki (USA) began practicing as PlantBot Genetics in 2008. Each had extensive experience and awards as solo artists and both were raised with strong connections to the land around them. Wendy is part indigenous people of Canada and her father built an off grid cabin in the deep forest of Ontario where the family has spent several months every year since she was a toddler. Jeff was born in the Sonoran Desert of Arizona, an environment of extremes that nurtured a unique relationship to the fragile landscape and a respect of limited natural resources from an early age. 

 

PlantBot Genetics create installations, interventions, and collaborations that combine activism, research, and social space in order to foster discussion and generate action in the area of ecological awareness. By linking environmental issues to a diverse array of creative operations and tactics, DesChene + Schmuki extend the “knowledge of the moment”, demonstrates the fragile connection between the natural world and personal action, and offers simple, positive changes that can be enacted to increase sustainability -- an activity that can be replicated long after the artists have moved on.

 

PlantBot Genetics has exhibited and/or completed projects at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, The Pulitzer Foundation for Art in St Loius, the Goethe Institute of Cairo, Egypt, and the Bach Modern in Austria. In 2010, a significant contribution to their body of work was produced at the American Academy in Rome as visiting artists. Recent exhibitions include Foodture at the Elaine L Jacob Gallery of Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan and PlantBot Genetics: a Critical Contact Exhibition Series at the Cafritz Foundation Arts Center in Takoma Park, Maryland, and artist lectures and studio visits at Long Island University in Brookville, New York.  Public projects while artists in residence at The Hafnarborg Art Center and Museum in Iceland and the McColl Center for the Arts in Charlotte, North Carolina has gained invitations to the Landscape Laboratory at Buitenwerkplaats‏ in the Netherlands, the KulttuuriKauppila Art Center in Il, Finland as well as the Studio's of Key West Florida.

 

DesChene + Schmuki each have active solo practices http://www.wendydeschene.ca and www.jeffschmuki.com/.

 

Email us at jschmuki(at)gmail.com

PlantBot Genetics CV

Education

DesChene   M.F.A, Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

                      B.F.A., Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Schmuki      M.F.A., New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, Alfred, New York
                      B.F.A., Studio Art, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona, cum laude

Selected Exhibitions 

Solo

2019  GardenBot. Airgentum, Seville, Spain                                                                                                                             

           bot.tanical. Memorial Union Gallery, North Dakota State University. Fargo, North Dakota

2018  Vέα Oικολογία (New Ecology). Lakkos Art Center, Heraklion, Greece 

           PlantBot 2.0. McMaster Gallery, University of South Carolina. Columbia, South Carolina

           Fresh Off The Farm. Field and Fork Farm Pop-Up. University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida      

2017  Cross Pollinate, Virginia Wesleyan University, Virginia Beach, Virginia

           Adaptation, Martha Gault Gallery, Slippery Rock University, Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania

           Mothluck, First City Art Center, Pensacola, Florida  

2016  The Moth Project, Augustana Teaching Museum of Art, Rock Island, Ilinios 

           PlantBot. Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, Tennessee   

           Moth, Entomica, Sault Ste Marie, ONT, Canada    

2015  Mothology, St. Norbert College, De Pere, Wisconsin 

           floraBotanica, Spring Hill College, Mobile, Alabama

           PlantBot ArtLab, Seed Space, Nashville, Tennesee

2014  Foodture. Elaine L. Jacob Gallery,  Wayne State University. Detroit, Michigan

           The Moth Project, De Hortus Botanicus, Amsterdam

            Artist Respond, Oulu Museum Of Art (Taidemuseo), Finland

            Inset Land. "Critical Content", Exhibition Series. Cafritz Foundation Arts Center at Montgomery College. Silver Spring, Maryland 

            PlantBot Genetics.  621 Gallery, Tallahassee, Florida 

2013   PlantBot Genetics: "Monsantra".  Studios At Key West, Key West, Florida

            Plantronics, Durham Arts Council, Durham, North Carolina

2012   Monsantra. The New Gallery, Calgary, Alberta, Canada            

            PlantBot Genetics, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas

2011   The Green Shadow. McColl Center for Visual Art, Charlotte, North Carolina



Two Person 
2014    Ecology Revisioned.Prescott College Art Gallery at Sam Hill Warehouse. Prescott, Arizona


Group

2019  Lanzarote Arts Festival. Canary Islands, Spain

           Ferment. Concurrent exhibition: NCECA. Minneapolis College Whitney, Fine Arts Center. Minneapolis,Minnesota

           Ostraka. Auburn University Faculty Exhibition. Jule Collins Smith Museum of Art. Auburn, Alabama

2018  When The Winters Were Still Really Cold (The Rhine). Useable Space. Milwaukee, Wisconsin

           GardenBot. ArtFields, Lake City South Carolina

           A Northward Migration (contributors). Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Richmond, Virginia

           Hambidge Art Gala. Design District, Atlanta, Georgia

2017  Pollinate. HUBweek, City Hall Plaza. Sponsored by Harvard, MIT, Boston, Globe. Boston, Massachusetts 

           Crossing Boundaries: Art and the Future of Energy. Pensacola Museum of Art, Pensacola, Florida

           STEAM 2017, University of West Florida, Pensacola, Florida​

2016  Insecta. Haber Space at Central Booking, New York, New York 

           Impending Future. Lycoming College Art Gallery. Williamsport, Pennsylvania.    

           Manchester: RVA Street Art Festival. Southern States Silos, Richmond, Virginia

           Methodology, East Stroudsburg University, East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania 

           Digital Culture, CICA Museum, Gimpo, South Korea

           The Great ARTDoors Festival, Hambidge, Rapun Gap, Georgia

           Re-Botica - ArtPrize 8, Fed Galleries, Kendell College of Art and Design, Grand Rapids, Michigan 

2015  The Weight of the World: A Contemporary Art Exhibition of Affect and Reason - ASU Institute for Humanities Research (IHR). Tempe, Arizona

           Sustainability Solutions Festival, City of Phoenix. Phoenix, Arizona

           ESPACIO ENTER: International Festival of Creativity, Innovation, and Digital Culture. TEA, Tenerife Espacio de las Artes. Tenerife, Canary Island 

           Balance-Unbalance 2015: An International Conference on Water, Climate, and Place - ASU Galleries. Tempe, Arizona

           Embodied Place:Observations and Notations. Sierra Nevada College, Incline Villiage, Nevada

           Maize y Mas, Legion Art Center, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

2014  Marfa Dialougues/St Loius. The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, PXSTL.  St. Louis Missouri

            Art in Odd Places (AiOP): The Artifacts. Colonel's Row, Governors Island, New York, New York

            Sustainability, Diane Kidd Gallery at Tiffin University, Tiffin, Ohio

            Hunter/Gatherer, Truman State University Art Gallery, Kirksville, Missouri

            Mediated Realities, Freedman Gallery at Albright College, Reading, Pennsylvania 

            Entomological. Roy C. Moore Art Gallery. University of North Georgia at Gainesville. Gainesville, Georgia

2013   Art in Odd Places (AiOP) 2013: NUMBER, Greensboro, North Carolina

            Shine On, The Hambidge Center for Creative Arts & Sciences, Rabun, Georgia

            Westobou Art Festival, Augusta, Georgia

            InLight, 1708 Gallery, Richmond, Virginia

            Mel Chin Opening, with PlantBot Intervention, McColl Center for Visual Art, Charlotte, North Carolina

2012   Whale Oil to Whole Foods. Greene County Council on the Arts Gallery & Greene County Cornell Cooperative Extension, Catskills, New York
            PlantBot Genetics, OxBow Ecological Preserve, Columbus Georgia
            Whale Oil to Whole Foods Part 2. Cornell Cooperative Extension,  Agroforestry Resource Center, Acra, New York
            Plein Air. Airplane Gallery New York, New York

2011   E.V.A. (Experimental Video Art) BachModern Autumn Screening, Salzburg, Austria
            Cerebral Departure: Investigations in Contemporary Issues. SpaceCamp Gallery, Indianapolis, Indiana
            There’s No Place Like.... The Renaissance Center, Dickson, Tennessee
            Digital Checkpoints Exhibition, (FLEFF) Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival, Ithaca College, Ithaca, New York
            Edge of Life: Forest Pathology Invitational. Cole Art Center, Stephen F. Austin State University,  Nacogdoches,Texas
            Edge of Life: Forest Pathology in Art. Environmental Education, Science, and Technology (ESSAT) Building, Eagle Exhibit Hall, University of North Texas,                           Denton, Texas
            PlantBot Genetics. Billboard Art Project, Reading, Pennsylvania
            PlantBot Genetics. Billboard Art Project, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
            PlantBot Genetics. Billboard Art Project, San Bernardino, California

2010  “A Brief History of…”, Two-Minute Film Festival collaboration, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
            4th Cairo Video Festival, Goethe Institute, Cairo, Egypt
            dis.place.ment, Urban Institute for Contemporary Art (UICA), Grand Rapids, Michigan

            Lens Based Image, Desotorow Gallery, Savannah, Georgia



Collaborative Artist Residencies 

2019   Airgentum. Seville, Spain

2018   Lakkos Art Center. Heraklion, Greece

2017   Hambidge Center for Art and Science, Rapun Gap, Georgia    

2016   Etomica, Sault Ste Marie, Ontario, Canada

            Hambidge Center for Art and Science, Rapun Gap, Gerogia

            Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois 
2015   The Studios of Key West International Residency Program, Key West, Florida

            Greening The Bay, Artist Residecy, St. Norbert College, DePere, Wisconsin

2014   Kauppilantie KulttuuriKauppila Art Centre Residency, Kauppilantie, Finland 

            Landscape Laboratory at Buitenwerkplaats‏, Artist in Residency, Amsterdam 

2013   McColl Center Environmental Artists in Residence, Charlotte, North Carolina

            Kimmel Nelson Harding Artist Residency, Nebraska City, Nebraska

2012   Hafnarborg International Artist Residency, Iceland
2011   Atlantic Center For The Arts, New Smyrna Beach, Florida
            I-Park, East Haddam, Connecticut
            The School of Making and Thinking, Delancey, New York     
2010   American Academy in Rome, Visiting Artist, Rome, Italy
2009   I-Park, East Haddam, Connecticut



Lectures, Panels, Community Events, Workshops, Etc..

2019   Tiny Mural for Science Center, Georgia Southern University, Savannah Campus, Savannah, Georgia.                       

2018   SECAC Conference, Birmingham, Alabama

            CAA Conference, Los Angeles, California 

            University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina

            University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida

            Ronald E. McNair Life History Center, Lake City, South Carolina

            Lakkos Art Center, Heraklion, Greece

2017   Pulse Art + Technology Festival, Telfair Museums, Savannah, Georgia

            ArtLab. University of West Florida, Pensacola, Florida

            ArtLab. Virginia Wesleyan University, Virginia Beach, Virginia 

             How Design Promotional and Marketing Award for PlantBot Genetics Field Guide, Designer Jarred Elrod

             Foley High School PlantBot Drawing Workshop at UWF, Pensacola, Florida

            ArtLab. Green Energy Fest, Pensacola, Florida

            SECAC Conference, Columbus, Ohio

2016   Figge Art Museum, Davenport, Iowa

            SECAC Conference, Roanoke, Virginia

            Longfellow Liberal Arts School, Davenport, Iowa

            Augustana Teaching Museum, Rock Isand, Illinois

2015   Towards a Better Future. Service to Artist Committee Invitation, College Art Association, New York

            Ideas in Sight Lecture, Savannah College of Art And Design, Savannah, Georgia

            SECAC Conference, Panelist, Pittsburg, Pennsylvania 

            California University, California, Pennsylvania

            Slippery Rock, Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania

            Springhill College, Mobile, Alabama

            Neville Public Museum, Green Bay, Wisconsin

            St. Norbert College Art Department, De Pere, Wisconsin

            YMCA Summer Camp, Green Bay, Wisconsin

            Mulva Library, De Pere, Wisconsin

            Boys and Girls Club, Green Bay, Wisconsin

            Green Bay Botanical Garden, Green Bay. Wisconsin

            Tsyunhehkwa, Oneida Nation Tribal Farm, Oneida. Wisconsin

            Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary, Green Bay, Wisconsin

            University of Wisconsin, Green Bay, Wisconsin

            The Art Garage, Green Bay, Wisconsin

2014   Artist Lecture. Long Island University, Long Island, New York

            Ignite #38 Interactive Lecture, Mediamatic Foundation, Amsterdam, Netherlands

             Great Minds Lecture. The College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, Georgia

            The Moth Project at Hortus Botanics, Public Intervention, Amsterdam, Netherlands

            Artist Lecture. Prescott College,  Prescott, Arizona

            SECAC Conference, Panelist, Sarasota, Florida

            Interactive Lecture at Landscape Laboratory at Buitenwerkplaats‏, Amsterdam

            Interactive Lecture and Workshop Iibaya, Ii, Finland

          Entomological Art Series Workshop and Lecture,University of North Georgia, Gainesville, Georgia

2013   "We Could Be Heroes", Panel and Lecture. Bringham Young University Museum, Utah

            PlantBot Agricultural Lecture Rotary Club, Nebraska City, Nebraska

            Moths Meet Artist: Interactive Community ArtLab Event and Lecture, Reedy Creek Nature Preserve, Meckleburg County, North Carolina

            EcoBot Art Intervention,  Workshop and Lecture, Georgia Southern, Statesboro, Georgia

          Interactive Lecture and Workshop, Episcopal Day School, Augusta, Georgia

            SECAC Conference Panelist, Greensboro, North Carolina

            Interactive Lecture with ArtLab, Arts and Science Council Summer Camp, Charlotte NC

            Interactive Community Event, Sense and Science Garden Project at First Ward, Charlotte, North Carolina

            Ineteractive Community Event, Annual Northwest Community Day, Charlotte, North Carolina

            Interactive ArtLab Community Event, Discovery Place, Charlotte, North Carolina

            Interactive ArtLab Community Event, FoodTruck Friday, Common Market, Charlotte, North Carolina

            Lecture and Workshop, Shalom Park Freedom School, Charlotte, North Carolina

2012   PlantBot Genetics Lecture, The New Gallery, Calgary, Canada
            PlantBot Genetics Workshop & Lecture. Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas
            PlantBot Genetics Workshop & Lecture. Slippery Rock University, Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania
            Panelist, Disrupt This Session, College Art Association Conference, Los Angeles, California
            PlantBot Genetics Event, OxBow Meadows Environmental Learning Center, Columbus Georgia
2011   Green Shadow Community Art-Making Event,  McColl Center for Visual Arts, Charlotte, North Carolina
2009   PlantBot Community Interactive Experience, Auburn University's Department of Art & College of Engineering Collaboration, Jule Collins Smith                  

            Museum, Auburn, Alabama

Grants & Awards

2019     Sustainability Fee Grant for Tiny Mural 2. Georgia Southern University. Statesboro, Georgia.

2018     Sustainability Fee Grant for Tiny Mural. Georgia Southern University. Statesboro, Georgia.    

2017     How Design Promotional and Marketing Award for PlantBot Genetics Field Guide, Designer Jarred Elrod

2016     Seed Grant, ArtPrize 8. Grand Rapids, Michigan.     

2015     Seed Grant, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, Georgia

              NEA ArtsWork Grant / St. Norberts College: Support for The Moth Project, Exhibition and Residency in Green Bay, Wisconsin

2014     Marfa Diolougues/St. Louise Program Grant, Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts St. Louise, Missouri

              Sustainability Fee Grant, The Moth Project at Georgia Southern University. Statesboro, Georgia 

 

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