Gathman to Present ‘Wilderness as Art’ During ‘Red Light Night’ Series Nov. 16


The Arts Council of Southeast Missouri will present the last Red Light Night of the fall series at 7 p.m. Nov. 16, when Dr. Allen Gathman, retired dean of online learning at Southeast Missouri State University, will present “Wilderness as Art.”

“We tend to think of wilderness as the Earth in its natural state, untouched by human interference. Yet such spaces have not existed since the emergence of our species,” Gathman explained. “We sculpt wild places to meet our own needs, desires and aesthetics. We need to think of conservation as art and design for ourselves as well as other species, rather than restoration of a mythical pristine state.”

Gathman joined the Department of Biology in 1985 and was promoted to professor in 1994. He later served as dean of online learning and interim dean of the School of Graduate Studies. He retired last June after 32 years of service at Southeast.

The Red Light Night is a series of after-hours discussions on controversial and taboo topics within the arts. Red Light Night sessions are presented by guest lecturers and panelists at the Arts Council of Southeast Missouri in downtown Cape Girardeau on select Thursdays at 7 p.m. Please note, topics and discussion are intended for a mature audience.

The Red Light Night presentations are free and open to the public. The Arts Council of Southeast Missouri is located at 16 N. Spanish Street in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Galleries are open Tuesday-Saturday, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

For more information contact the Arts Council of Southeast Missouri at (573) 334-9233 or email