Biodiversity and Technology ‘Collide’ at Grand Rapids ArtPrize

Joseph Rossano’s piece, “A Cryptic Species Complex,” displayed at the Grand Rapids Art Museum during ArtPrize

Renowned artist, Joseph Rossano, is displaying his work at this year’s ArtPrize in Grand Rapids. His artwork portrays the connection between biodiversity and technology through the work of finding the DNA barcodes of species. This DNA barcoding has gone into effect through the work of Dr. Daniel Janzen, who has spent over 30 years leading biodiversity restoration work in the Guanacaste region of northwest Costa Rica, and has also visited Grand Rapids to speak on his work. Janzen is also the founder of the Guanacaste Dry Forest Conservation Fund (GDFCF) and initiated the DNA barcoding project as a way to identify the thousands of species that are still undiscovered in Costa Rica, one of the most biodiverse regions in the world.

To experience Rossano’s representation of this biodiversity, “A Cryptic Species Complex,” from his BOLD series of artwork is being displayed at the Grand Rapids Art Museum during ArtPrize. ArtPrize runs from September 19 through October 7. To view Rossano’s piece from afar, click here.

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