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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.


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


Get Involved

Come to the museum from 11 AM to 1 PM to pick up a bag that contains an art activity with materials and a tutorial. November 14 - Pokey the Piranha Needs a Friend

Join us for a virtual lecture series inspired by The State We're In Water.November 5 - Lou Ann FisherRegister Here


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.


  • Press & Publications
  • Resources
  • Events

    Second Saturday | August 8 - Watercolor Postcards

    Second Saturday | September 12 - Create a flag

    Voices from the Hydrosphere | September 24 - Jason Aamodt

    Voices from the Hydrosphere | October 15 - Marguerite Perret and Robin Lasser

  • Credits

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    Signaling Water: Multi-Species Migration and Displacement is phase 2 of a 3 phase interdisciplinary arts-based research project, contributing to the full exhibition The State We're In Water: Constructing a Sense of Place in the Hydrosphere. The exhibition offers many opportunities for all to engage in workshops and  experiences connecting art and science.


    This project is 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 for The State We're in Water.



     Partnerships + Participants:

    • The Prairie Arts Center, Stillwater

    • Students and Faculty in the OSU Environmental Sciences Graduate Program (Dr. Scott Stoodley, Director)

    • Students and Faculty in the OSU Unmanned Systems Research Institute (Dr. Jamey Jacobs, Director)

    • Students and Faculty in the OSU School of Architecture (Faculty mentor & collaboration coordinator, Paolo Sanza)

    • The Office of the OSU Vice President of Research (Dr. Kenneth Sewell, VP)

    • OSU Center for Sovereign Nations

    • Oklahoma Water Resource Center

    • OSU Integrated Biology

    • OSU Allied Arts

    • Freshmen in Transition in the OSU Ferguson College of Agriculture

    • OSU Department of Art, Graphic Design, and Art History

    • OSU Edmon Low Library Science Cafe

    • OSU Science Education

    • OSU Environmental Engineering

    • OSU Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management

    • The Lake McMurtry Foundation (Jill van Egmond, Executive Director)

    • Sara Hill, Cherokee Nation, Attorney General, Formerly Secretary of Natural Resources

    • City of Stillwater, Oklahoma

    • Lou Ann Fisher, Former Superintendent, Wastewater Treatment, City of Stillwater currently, Compliance Coordinator for The City of Stillwater, Water Utilities

    • Jason Tyler, Superintendent, Wastewater Treatment

    • Kelly Kerr, Student Media Coordinator, OSU School of Media and Strategic Communications

    • Adam Johnson, Source Water Protection Manager, City of Tulsa

    • Jason Aamodt, Attorney, Environmental & Social Justice, professor, University of Tulsa, College of Law

    • Ashley Nealis, Regional Supervisor, Fish Division Kaw Lake, Ponca City, Oklahoma

    • Oka’ Yanahli Preserve: Nature Conservancy (Blue River), Stillwell

    • The McGregor Herbarium at the University of Kansas Biodiversity Institute

    • Great Salt Plains Lake

    • Lake Carl Blackwell

    • The Weather Report Contributors: Phyllis Lasser, Patrick Lydon, Suhee Kang, Takuma Usematsu, Masahiro Kawanaka

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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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