Neptune’s Treasure exhibit to open in Haas Center for the Arts

p>BLOOMSBURG— Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania will exhibit “Neptune’s Treasure: Aromatic Shadows of Ambergris,” a series of works by Cathleen Faubert, in the Haas Center for the Arts Gallery. The show will run now through Thursday, April 18, with a closing reception from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. with an artist lecture at 1:15 p.m. Haas Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Neptune’s Treasure exhibition draws attention to the biology of the endangered sperm whale, the history of commercial whaling, a shift in economic use of natural materials to synthetic goods, connections to colonialism, and romantic notions of seafaring.

Faubert is an assistant professor of art, technology & culture at the University of Oklahoma. She earned her Master of Fine Arts from Tufts University/School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She has exhibited nationally and internationally and completed a number of artist-in-residence programs, which help to inform her work regarding place. In 2017 she participated in programs at Vermont Studio Center and Studio Works at the Tides Institute and Museum of Art in Eastport, Maine.

Text and images, in conjunction with the scent pieces, reference ambergris— a waxy substance secreted by sperm whales that is cured in the sun and used in perfume manufacture— while acknowledging America’s whaling history and its underlying influence on building the nation’s burgeoning fortunes, preceding the discovery of petroleum.

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The Department of Art & Art History is sponsoring the exhibit.