Professor Diana Six Participates in Art Exhibit about Bark Beetles

Diana SixDiana Six, professor of forest entomology in the Franke College of Forestry and Conservation, has joined forces with the Missoula Art Museum on a new project highlighting bark beetles, forests and climate change.

Below the Bark: Artworks of Disturbance Ecology is on view at the Missoula Art Museum from Oct. 1, 2021, to Feb. 26, 2022.

The exhibit was created in response to bark beetle infestation, deforestation and climate change. The show focuses on bark beetles, which have destroyed millions of acres of forests in recent years. Shifting climate patterns, like milder winters and hotter summers, allow for the proliferation of these beetles that then kill off massive swaths of trees. Six, an expert on bark beetles, served as the scientific consult for this project.

This exhibit features works by artists Jim Frazer, Tim Musso and Suze Woolf. The works presented are strongly influenced by not only artistic inspiration and practice, but by scientific research and philosophy. This exhibit includes linocut and woodcut prints, photography, sculpture, and handmade wood books.

A series of events celebrating the exhibit will take place in early October. The Missoula Art Museum will be open for extended hours (5 to 7 p.m.) for First Friday on Oct. 1 to celebrate the opening of this exhibit. An online panel discussion with the artists will take place on Oct. 4 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. and is open to the public. Register for the panel online here. An art workshop for University of Montana students and faculty will also take place.