2013 EcoArts Festival

Environmental science faces a major challenge in both communication and broad public interest. Current environmental research is not being conveyed in an understandable format, and community members, especially those traditionally underrepresented in STEM fields, are often intimidated by the exclusivity associated with science and have difficulty connecting with environmental canons.

To overcome these challenges the Ecological Society of America (ESA) Student Section Chapter organizes an annual collection of art pieces that use innovative tools for science communication. We display photographs, paintings, videos, and other art forms created by scientists and community members that depict natural settings or artistic interpretations of current environmental issues. These pieces of art encourage artistic engagement with environmental science and allow scientific research to reach individuals from a broad range of backgrounds.

This year we will be combining the art festival with music at the ESA Special Session called “An Evening of Art and Music”, which will take place Monday, August 5, 2013 from 8 -10pm. Because transporting art to Minneapolis may be difficult for most conference attendees, pictures of the art will be projected as musicians perform at an open-mic.

If have artwork of any sort (such as paintings, sculptures, photographs, videos, etc.) with an ecological focus please send in electronic photos of your work for the show. The pictures will be projected at the ESA Special Session and displayed before the event on the ESA Student Section Facebook page. The ESA Student Section will also be awarding prizes for the images with the most Facebook likes.

Send all images to Jessica Shade at shade(at)berkeley.edu, along with your name, the name of the artwork, and the media use. The submission deadline is June 30th. Submissions are open to everyone, so please feel free to submit regardless of your preferred media or affiliation!

For those of you who don’t submit anything, but are appreciators of art, we welcome you to look at the submissions on our Facebook page and to come to the Special Session on Aug 5th for the show!

Special thanks go to Blick Art Materials for sponsoring our event!