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Lauren Giuliani (photo and intermedia B.F.A.) wins Spare Change: The Art of Climate Award

Photo and intermedia B.F.A. student, Office for Sustainability photographer and 2012 Pierce Cedar Creek Institute Gordon Art Fellow, Lauren Giuliani, was conferred the 2013 Spare Change: The Art of Climate McKibben Award by visiting 350.org founder, author, educator, and environmentalist Bill McKibben for her mixed media photograph titled, "Accumulation of Trash."

The Frostic School of Art is pleased that McKibben could spend time with faculty, staff and students during the opening reception and exhibit. Visitors enjoyed art made by Western Michigan University's 22 participating students and catered refreshments.

As part of the Frostic School of Art Open House, The Spare Change exhibit will run until Oct. 17, 2013 in South Korhman hall room 1206.

Giuliani stated, "I am thrilled to win an award in Bill Mckibben's honor. It means a lot to me, when someone so accomplished admires my artwork."

"'Accumulation of Trash,' is a visual representation of the way in which many seemingly insignificant occurrences, can add up to create significantly destructive impacts on the planet. This photograph of a landfill is comprised out of many small pieces, similar to the way which climate change can be caused by many everyday occurrences."

Photo of Lauren Guiliani with Bill McKibben