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The Watershed blog is home to updates on the exhibition, related projects, and  news about art that addresses global water issues.


April 22, 2011

The “July 2010 Public Interventions” Watershed videos that were filmed and directed by Laura Klein are now uploaded on Vimeo. Please follow this link:


March 24, 2011

Link to an article by John Sterr on the Watershed show  – specifically on Raoul Deal’s project at the Walnut Way Conservation Corp.


February 4, 2011

WUWM environmental reporter Susan Bence interviews artist and water activist Betsy Damon when she visited Milwaukee and UWM on Feb 1st for a talk on Feb 3rd in conjunction with the Watershed exhibition.

Damon quote about the Watershed exhibition:

“I think this show is the best water show I’ve seen because it is truly activist. It actually addresses the deeper issues of what’s happening to water and how to language that is a challenge. They’ve done a lot of good here.”– Betsy Damon


January 30, 2011

Please join us for a series of presentations that are in conjunction with the Watershed show. All talks are free and open to the public.

Thursday, February 3rd: artist talk by Betsy Damon (Brooklyn-based Artist and Water Activist, founder of Keeper of the Waters), UWM Union, Wisconsin Room West. 7:00 pm. Reception following the talk will be held in the Union Art Gallery

Thursday, February 10th: Union Art Gallery, 7:00 pm- 9:00pm. Presentations by Eddee Daniel (photographer, author of Urban Wilderness: Exploring a Metropolitan Watershed), Dan Brinkmeier (Chicago-based rural ecology consultant), Michael Carriere (MSOE General Studies Asst. Prof, Phd in American Urban History , University of Chicago)

Thursday, February 17th: Union Art Gallery, 7:00 pm – 9:00pm. Presentations by Emmanuel Pratt/Jeff Redmon (Sweet Water Organics), Sharon Adams (Walnut Way Conservation Corp), Jeff Filipiak (Phd in Environmental History, teaches at MIAD and UWM; focus of talk: History of the Great Lakes)

Thursday, February 24th: Union Art Gallery, 7:00 pm – 9:00pm. Presentations by Carmen Aguilar-Diaz (UWM Great Lakes Water Institute scientist), Lane Hall (artist, UWM English Dept), Nancy Aten (sustainable landscape designer)


January 29, 2011

Last night over 400 people attended the opening of Watershed in Milwaukee! A number of people requested that the text from the tags from the Tower of (Water) Power sculpture be made available. Below is a PDF that can be downloaded of the 30 tags that describe the major international water and waste corporations, along with text that describe various people’s movements against water privatization around the world.

Link to PDF (tags from the Tower of (Water) Power)

water tower tags – text


January 27, 2011

Watershed opens in one day! We are very thankful to the local papers and radio stations that have done articles about the show and helped spread the good word. Special thanks to Faythe Levine, Radio Milwaukee, Kat Murrell, and Mary Louise Schumacher.

Here are some links to recent press:

Kat Murrell, ” Water, Art, and Activism at UWM” in Third Coast Digest, January 27, 2011

Faythe Levine, “A Weekly (Mostly Visual) Review, JS Online, January, 17, 2011

Mary Louise Schumacher, “Two Artists Turn on the Water Works”, JS Online, January 23, 2011


January 8, 2011

The Urban Farm Movement That Made Milwaukee Famous

Plans for the new 4,000-square-foot, five-story, 85-feet-tall, vertical farm building at Growing Power in Milwaukee.

Large scale urban farming/aquaponics in warehouse spaces by Sweet Water Organics.


January 7, 2011

Photos from Day 4-5 of the install in Milwaukee (note: 2-5 more install days to go!) :


January 5, 2011

Photos from Day 1-3 of the install in Milwaukee:


December 27, 2010

The Milwaukee show at the Union Art Gallery is coming up soon! Some key dates:

Exhibition opens Friday, January 28th, 5:00-8:00 pm. Show runs to February 25th.

Thursday, February 3rd: artist talk by Betsy Damon, UWM Union, Wisconsin Room West. 7:00 pm.

Thursday, February 10th: artist/scientist/community activist talk, Union Art Gallery, 7:00 pm.

Thursday, February 17th: artist/scientist/community activist talk, Union Art Gallery, 7:00 pm.

Thursday, February 24th: artist/scientist/community activist talk, Union Art Gallery, 7:00 pm.

(more details in the “exhibition” section of this website)


August, 5, 2010

recent press: Third Coast Digest featured a great article “The Art of Conservation via Watershed Milwaukee” by Kelly Gehringer on the July 2010 interventions:


August 4, 2010

An exciting aspect about working on the Watershed Milwaukee show has been finding out about similar shows that have addressed the same theme in other cities.

South Florida Environmental Art Project:


July 10, 2010

Eddee Daniel, Urban Wilderness: Exploring a Metropolitan Watershed, (Chicago, University of Chicago Press, 2008)

Want to learn more about Milwaukee watersheds? Check out Urban Wilderness by Milwaukee-based photographer, activist, and teacher Eddee Daniel  who examines the topic through photography and text. For residents in Southeastern Wisconsin, Urban Wilderness serves as an  inspired study on how and why to protect the natural resources in the place that we call home. For residents of any watershed, the study extends beyond the local and demonstrates why watersheds in urban regions need our primary attention.  Overall, Daniel’s study is both poetic and informative, nostalgic and urgent, beautiful and tragic.  Most importantly, Daniel’s provides a study that discusses what we must do to protect the watersheds that sustain us.


July 6, 2010

Melanie Cervantes, a co-collective member in Justseeds created a powerful graphic about resisting water privatization a few years back. I always appreciate the graphic quality of her work and the ability that she has to communicate with simple, bold designs, and messages. To see more of her work, check out: and

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