By the Gaia Team
This fall, Loomis Chaffee senior Kalina “Kiki” Szemraj set up an art gallery at her school, with funding from the Gilchrist Environmental Fellowship, an annual fund that students with sustainability-related projects in mind apply for. The exhibition, currently set up in a hallway of Loomis Chaffee’s Clark Center for Science & Mathematics, features artwork done by several students from different schools in the ISSC. Kiki named the gallery “Gaia” after the magazine and the Greek goddess of the earth. Kiki collected, framed, and hung the artwork herself.
Motivated by sustainability and ecological concerns, Kiki has been a leader of environmental programs and activities at her school since her freshman year. In addition to serving as an environmental proctor (e-proctor) and head e-proctor at Loomis Chaffee, Kiki has organized documentary screenings for the campus community, researched ways to bring energy-conserving technologies to Loomis, and participated in efforts to change people's behaviors related to environmental conservation. Kiki plans to refresh the exhibition with new submissions in the spring.
Jeff Dyreson, Loomis Chaffee's director of environmental/sustainability initiatives, commended Kiki, along with the other fellowship recipients, for their work and dedication, and he acknowledged their contributions to making Loomis a better place in the spirit of environmental stewardship and sustainability.
Gaia and ISSC artists are extremely excited to see their work featured at another school!