video still image of a human form bursting from the sun

The video “Eating Light” is among the works by visiting intermedia artist Meredith Tromble on display at the Sharp Museum. (Image provided)

March 20, 2024

SIU hosts intermedia artist Meredith Tromble on Thursday

CARBONDALE, Ill. — Intermedia artist and writer Meredith Tromble will present a free, public lecture and performance at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 21, in the Sharp Museum Auditorium at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Tromble’s exhibition, “What Does It Mean to Know,” is in the museum’s Saluki Gallery through May 10. A reception is from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the museum.

An artist-in-residence at the University of California, Davis Complexity Sciences Center and affiliate visiting artist/scholar at the UCD Feminist Research Institute, Tromble creates drawings, installations and performances. She has collaborated on several projects with scientists, including the Vortex series of interactive artworks, drawings and performances with geobiologist Dawn Sumner. Tromble also collaborates with the Los Angeles-based company Donna Sternberg & Dancers

Tromble co-edits the Bloomsbury book series “Biotechne: Interthinking Art, Science and Design.”  Tromble earned a Master of Fine Arts in studio art from Mills College in Oakland and a bachelor’s degree in humanities from New College of California in San Francisco. She also did post-baccalaureate study at the University of California, Berkely.

Tromble’s presentation is sponsored by the School of Art and Design and the Fine Arts Activity Fee.