Steam2020 Exhibition ad\nd Colloquium: Ecologies, Spheres, Permeability, Ecotones


Exploring the idea of ecosystems and liminal spaces as metaphors for critical thought

STEAM2020's focus is on the idea of ecosystems and liminal spaces as a metaphor for critical thought. An ecology is most known as a method of describing natural or biological interdependencies and cooperations. In the greater sense, we can apply that notion as a systems mapping strategy to also describe the anthropological, the geopolitical, urban planning and countless others as organizational domains to evaluate and understand our relationship as a part of the ecosystem. In this way, we can apply the idea of an "ecosystem" as a concept for mapping the interdependencies and the co-mutualisms of an group of actors.

Meet the Artists

View bios, artist statements and select photos for the STEAM2020 artists.

Meet the Artists

Schedule of Events

Check out the full schedule of events at the Center for Fine and Performing Arts and Pensacola Museum of Art.

Schedule of Events

Weekly Highlights

Feb. 13, 2020

Jeff VanderMeer Reading - 3 to 4:30 PM BLDG 58A, ROOM 105.

Jeff VanderMeer is one of our most critically acclaimed and beloved fantasists. He is a New York Times bestselling novelist and author of more than 15 books, including award-winning novels like the Southern Reach Trilogy (Annihilation, Authority, & Acceptance), Borne, and, most recently, Dead Astronauts. Named "the weird Thoreau" by The New Yorker, VanderMeer's fiction is keenly aware of the ecology of the Florida Panhandle and the mutual dependence of human and non-human worlds. NOTE: This event is for UWF students, faculty, and staff only.


STEAM2020 Colloquium Reception - 5 to 6:30 PM - TAG UWF, CFPA

Please join us at TAG UWF for a public reception to open the STEAM2020 Colloquium. There's a chance to meet the Keynote Speaker, Jeff VanderMeer, as well as STEAM2020 artists and other participants of the colloquium. Light refreshments will be served thanks to the generous sponsorship of the UWF Creative Writing Program. The event is free and open to the public. 


Feb. 14, 2020 

Valentine's Day is going to be a big day for STEAM2020! Join us for a bevy of events at the Pensacola Museum of Art!

Nathalie Miebach, STEAM2020 Artist Lecture - 4 PM

Nathalie Miebach explores the intersection of art and science by translating scientific data related to meteorology, ecology, and oceanography into woven sculptures and musical scores and installations. She is the recipient of numerous awards and residencies, including a Pollock-Krasner Award, TED Global Fellowship, Virginia A. Groot Foundation Grant, and two Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowships. Her work has been shown in the US, Canada, Europe, and Australia and has been reviewed by publications spanning fine arts, design, and technology. She lives in Boston.


Opening of the STEAM2020 Exhibition at the Pensacola Museum of Art - 5:30 PM

The partner STEAM2020 exhibition at the Pensacola Museum of Art opens. Artworks by Thomas Asmuth, Craig Coleman, Allyson Comstock, Sarah Emerson, Meaghan Gates, Dr. Wade Jeffrey, Pam Longobardi, Nathalie Miebach, Sean Miller, Claudia O'Steen, Caitlin Rhea, and Lisa Waidner. Click here for more information on all of the STEAM2020 artists.

Pensacola Museum of Art
Address: 407 S Jefferson St, Pensacola, FL 32502
Phone: (850) 432-6247
Visitor Information

Exhibition Hours:
Closed Mondays
Tuesday to Saturday 10 AM -5 PM
Sundays 12 PM - 4 PM


Jeff VanderMeer:
"This World and the Next: Storytelling and Real Life in an Uncertain Era"
STEAM2020 Colloquium Keynote - 6 PM (lecture 6:30 PM)

The Experience UWF Downtown Lecture Series and UWF's STEAM2020 presents the STEAM2020 opening keynote address with Jeff VanderMeer, award-winning and New York Times best-selling author. The event is free and open to the public. RSVPs are not required, but seating is limited and based on a first-come basis.

VanderMeer's radical narratives reposition science, fiction, and nonhuman perspectives with an eye toward finding new ways to think about our world. Here, he will explore what it means to be a storyteller in the age of climate crisis and how this overlaps with other disciplines.

VanderMeer is an award-winning novelist known for his emphasis on environmental themes. His critically acclaimed novel Borne was called "a thorough marvel" by Colson Whitehead, was a finalist for the Arthur C. Clarke Award, and is being developed for television by AMC. His critically acclaimed New York Times-bestselling Southern Reach trilogy won the Shirley Jackson Award and Nebula Award. The trilogy prompted the New Yorker to call the author "the weird Thoreau" and was published in 35 countries, with Paramount Pictures releasing a movie in 2018. Jeff's nonfiction has appeared in the New York Times, the Guardian, the, and the Los Angeles Times. Jeff's latest book is Dead Astronauts, the focus of a profile in the New York Times. He lives in Tallahassee, Florida, with his wife, the award-winning editor Ann VanderMeer, and Neo, a cat famous on the internet.


UWF Department of Theatre presents Silent Sky 

The Department of Theatre will present Silent Sky by Lauren Gunderson. Performances will be held on Feb. 14, 15, 21 and 22 at 7:30 p.m. and Feb. 16 and 23 at 2:30 p.m. in the Studio Theatre at the CFPA, Building 82 on the Pensacola campus. Tickets are $18 for adults, $14 for seniors and military, $12 for UWF faculty and staff and non-UWF students, and $7 for high school students. UWF students get in free with a valid Nautilus card. Click here for more information. Tickets are available online or by calling the CFPA Box Office at (850) 857-6285.

Feb. 15, 2020

STEAM2020 Colloquium - 10 AM to 3 PM - Pensacola Museum of Art

STEAM2020 welcomes the public back to STEAM2020 Colloquium. The colloquium is a series of roundtable talks with invited speakers from arts and science on the themes of hybrids, interdisciplinary practices, ecotones, and ecologies. Phone: (850) 432-6247


Continuing STEAM2020 Highlights

Maria Lantin and Alex Hass: Artists-in-Residence - Feb. 6 - 21, 2020

Maria Lantin and Alex Hass, our first artists-in-residence, will be creating new artwork in an ad hoc 'lab space' at TAG UWF from materials collected on walks through the NWFL region. "Materials and memories gathered during these adventures will be remixed by all who wish to participate in studio time with the artists." They encourage students, staff, the community to join them in the gallery, and walk. Please stop in and introduce yourself.


STEAM2020 Exhibition at The Art Gallery (TAG) UWF Feb. 6 to Mar. 7

The partner STEAM2020 Exhibition at TAG continues through Mar. 7th, 2020. The exhibition includes work by Alex Hass, Maria Lantin, Claudia O'Steen, and David Van Ness. Click here for more information on all of the STEAM2020 artists.

The Art Gallery (TAG) UWF
Address: Center forFine and Performing Arts (Bldg. 82), 11000 University Pkwy., Pensacola, FL 32514
Phone: 850.474.2696
More Information

TAG UWF Exhibition Hours:
Mon. – Fri. 10 am - 4 pm
Saturdays via email appointment (
Closed Sundays and University Holidays


Southern Reach Field School Applications (deadline Feb 16, 11:59 PM)

Inspired by the novels by Jeff VanderMeer, Southern Reach Field School (SRFS) is an exclusive 3-night/4-day trans-disciplinary program for 20 UWF students and select members of the STEAM2020 faculty. Our mission: to enter VanderMeer's "Area X," otherwise known as St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge (MARCH 7th - 10th).  

SRFS faculty includes members from UWF's Art, English, and Environmental Science departments, as well as distinguished visitors. SRFS is free for all students selected for inclusion in the program.

The deadline for application is February 16, 2020, 11:59 PM

The application can be found here.

For more information please contact Thomas Asmuth