Inspired by the 2018 Climate Action Summit in San Francisco, the California Society of Printmakers has organized a national exhibition of artwork addressing the compelling issue of climate change. The California Society of Printmakers promotes the use of traditional and innovative printmaking techniques to create profound and meaningful works of art. The exhibition “ClimART” will be open to the public at the Academy of Art University Cannery Galleries from September 8 to September 23, with an opening reception on Thursday September 13 from 6-8pm. Many of the participating artists will be present during the reception to discuss the unique concepts and techniques used in their artistic process.
Artists throughout the United States were invited to respond to the theme of climate change. From these national entries, juror Gail Wight, Associate Professor at Stanford University, selected artwork by 47 artists for inclusion in this special exhibition. Wight’s own work deals with the interplay between art and biology, theories of evolution, cognition and the animal state-of-being. She states that “The theme of climate change is close to my heart, and made for a particularly fascinating group of submissions. I was amazed and impressed with the extraordinary range of responses, so inspired in both technique and in approach to our environmental debacles. From clarion warnings to optimistic solutions, and from deep reflection to poetic reverence, I was heartened by the sincere and expressly creative response to this call for work. In these particularly dire times, these wonderful works of art offer hope, awareness, and action”.
Participating Artists include Begitte Lynge Andersen, Shunsuke Ando, Marissa Angel, Tim Armstrong, Cynthia Back, Justin Barfield, Sandra Beard, Sherry Smith Bell, Karen Brussat Butler, Belinda Chlouber, Hélène Paulette Côté, Cathie Crawford, Christopher M. Dewees, Holly Downing, Tallmadge Doyle, Beth Fein, Barbara Foster, Jenny Freestone, Joan Karissa Gallego, Rosemarie C. Gebhart, Rozanne Hermelyn Di Silvestro, Joanna Kidd, Evelyn Klein, Geneviève L’Heureux, Colin Lyons, Kent Manske, Margaret Michel, Bruce Muirhead, Ariana S. Niehaus, Barbara Nilsson, Margaret Niven, Roberta Restaino, Julia Edith Rigby, Luz Marina Ruiz, Elizabeth J. Saccà, Masha Schweitzer, Katherine Sheehan, Donald E. Smith, Robynn Smith, Lilla Edit Szekely, Jami Taback, Karen Baden Thapa, Ann Truax, Tjelda Vander Meijden, Sandy AE Walker, Sylvia Solochek Walters, and Melissa West.
Academy of Art University Cannery Galleries are located at 2801 Leavenworth Street, San Francisco. Gallery hours are Tuesday – Sunday: 9AM – 6PM.