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The State We’re In Water: Constructing a Sense of Place in the Hydrosphere

August 11, 2020 - May 29, 2021 


The State We're In Water is an interdisciplinary project that includes an arts-based research residency and multiple exhibitions. The exhibition features five installation works by Marguerite Perret, Robin Lasser, and exhibition designer Bruce Scherting, and scientists in water, environmental science, unmanned Systems Research, plant biology, and more. Through sensory-rich video, sculptured forms, and visually complex constructions, the exhibition explores wastewater recycling; watershed habitats; the imprint of water movement on the land. Symptomatic of global issues, the local situations presented will engage University, local, and regional communities of all ages in the inviting, immersive experiences the installations offer. The goal of the overall project is to activate visitors' sense of place and social involvement and to present art as a powerful learning platform for science.


Experience the Virtual Tour

Visiting Artists

Robin Lasser, Professor of Art, José State University, San José, California

Marguerite Perret, Professor of Art, Washburn University, Topeka, Kansas

Bruce Scherting, Director of Project Art & the Medical Museum, University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics

Postcards from the Hydrosphere

Community Art Project
What is your relationship with water? Take a look at the many postcards sent to the museum that explore individuals experiences with water.

In the Spotlight

OETA Gallery  America features The State We're In Water
Learn more about OETA Gallery America.


Dive Deeper into the State We're In Water

Watch films by Robin Lasser featuring interviews and experiences about water as well as meditative art experiences.


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Projects are supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts and by the OSU Museum of Art Advocates. 

The National Endowment for the Arts also granted funding to the OSU Museum of Art through the CARES Act, supporting the expansion of programming.


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