Amanda Breitbach |

US-based artist who works primarily in photography. I have also created video and sound pieces, and enjoy bookmaking and papermaking. I am currently learning to fly a drone to capture aerial views.

Previous Collaboration:I directed an artist residency at Cedar Point, a biological field station in western Nebraska, where I worked with both artists and scientists to foster a creative community. I was also an artist in residence at Lakeside Laboratory in Iowa. During that time, I was making work about the value of the prairie ecosystem informed by connections with scientists at both stations, collecting and identifying plant specimens and making handmade papers from plant fibers. As a teacher, I have led collaborations between art students and creative writing groups, as well as service projects where students worked with area nonprofits. I recently received an award from my university for a pilot project in emerging photographic technologies, for which I plan to work with professors in Geospatial Science, Biology, Astronomy, and Archaeology to teach students aerial drone photography, microscopy, and astro-photography. 

Why a Broto Collaboration?I value collaboration and working across disciplines as ways to stimulate creative thinking and energy, as well as to make work (both artwork and scientific research) that is deeper and richer to multiple audiences. My major research interests are in ecology, changes to landscape, and the human relationship to land. I believe that my work would be enriched by collaboration with scientists and other artists.

Seeking: My current project examines the tension between oil and gas development/refinement and wildlife habitat (particularly birds) on the Texas Gulf Coast. I am interested in working with ecologists, biologists, ornithologists, petroleum engineers, and experts in severe storm planning to enrich this project so that it tells more of the complex story of this unique place. I also have a long-time interest in the “dead zone” in the Gulf, and would be interested in working with water quality experts, biologists, ecologists, and agriculturalists to learn more about the connection between the dead zone and midwestern agriculture. 


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