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Exhibition: Love Motel for Insects by Brandon Ballengée at UT Gardens

Join us on Friday, March 8 for the exhibition opening of Love Motel for Insects by artist and biologist Brandon Ballengée. Fabricated by faculty and students in the UT sculpture program, the works in Love Motel for Insects use ultra-violet lights on enormous sculpted canvases to attract insects and create an opportunity for public interactions with nocturnal arthropods, which are not often seen. The exhibition is part an ongoing series of outdoor public art installations intended to construct situations between humans and insects.

About the Artist

Brandon Ballengée (American, born 1974) is a visual artist, biologist and environmental educator based in Louisiana.

Ballengée creates transdisciplinary artworks inspired from his ecological field and laboratory research. Since 1996, a central investigation focus has been the occurrence of developmental deformities and population declines among amphibians. In 2001, he was nominated for membership into Sigma XI, the Scientific Research Society. In 2009, Ballengée and SK Sessions published “Explanation for Missing Limbs in Deformed Amphibians” in the Journal of Experimental Zoology and received international media attention from the BBC and others. This scientific study was the inspiration for the book Malamp: The Occurrence of Deformities in Amphibians (published by Arts Catalyst & Yorkshire Sculpture Park, UK) and a solo exhibition at the Royal Institution of Great Britain (London, England: 2010). From 2009 through 2015 he continued his amphibian research as a Visiting Scientist at McGill University (Montréal, Canada) and, in 2011, he was awarded a conservation leadership fellowship from the National Audubon Society’s TogetherGreen Program (USA). In 2014 he received his Ph.D. in Transdisciplinary Art and Biology from Plymouth University (UK) in association with Zürich University of the Arts and Applied Sciences (Switzerland). In 2015, he was the recipient of a fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA).

Ballengée’s visit is funded by the Haines-Morris Grant, the School of Art Programming Committee, the Department of Earth and Planetary Science, the OCEO 2019 Community Engagement Incentive Grant, and the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology.


Friday, March 8, 2019 at 6:30pm to 9:30pm

UT Gardens, Knoxville
2506 Jacob Dr, Knoxville, TN 37996, USA

Event Type

Exhibits & Films


Science, Visual & Performing Arts


Current Students, Faculty & Staff, General Public



School of Art

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Jillian Hirsch

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