Interactive Exhibit at Burchfield Penney Museum

Alison Slein

Interactive exhibit created by RIT professor Roberley Bell at the new Burchfield Penney Art Center at Buffalo State College

An interactive installation of flowers, trees, and insects created by RIT professor Roberley Bell provides a sensory experience for visitors to a new museum in Western New York.

Bell, professor of foundations in the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences, created Flower Blobs Bloom, a landscape installation, one of the inaugural exhibits at the Burchfield Penney Art Center at Buffalo State College. The art center opened Nov. 21.

Bell invites her audiences to rest on a flower petal made of astro turf or even create their own garden.

“Flower Blobs Bloom continues my interest in the artiface of nature,” says Bell. “The installation is about looking at and experiencing the landscape with attention to play and the experience of the child.”

Bell is the first artist commissioned to develop her work for this new interactive space in the art center called The Useum. Her exhibit is open to the public through March 15.

Lorrie Frear, RIT professor of graphic design, designed and painted a wall mural of flowers that accompanies Flower Blobs Bloom.

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