The John Sabraw Arts and Innovation Fund
OHIO artist and environmentalist John Sabraw joined OHIO environmental engineer Guy Riefler’s efforts to make paint pigment by extracting the iron oxide from the acid mine drainage that pollutes local streams near abandoned coal mines.
Together, the Professor of Painting and the Professor of Civil Engineering brought student artists and student engineers into the “Pollution to Paint” project and research. Not only do the students experience enriching, hands-on research, they also bear witness to the power of collaboration between art and science in service to a healthier environment.
Gorgeous paint pigments emerge from this process that has been finely tuned over the years. The result is the creation of retail artist and commercial paints.