Art and Ecology Practicum - Community

Art & Ecology Practicum is an Art Studio class. The Community page is an ever-growing space for sharing and engagement. Here you will find all kinds of art & ecology related resources as well as links to Art & Ecology student's eco-art practices beyond the classroom.

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I wonder if humans will ever collectively be able to accept radical tenderness and find that visceral feeling inside themselves. I wonder if humankind will ever be able to accept the unknowable as something unattainable rather than the quest for knowledge.

Adalyn Allen
Art & Ecology Student

What does relating beyond knowledge, identity, and understanding look like – in the world and in myself?

Erika Mazza-Smith
Art & Ecology Student

Course Readings & Projects

  • Andreotti, Vanessa de Oliveira, “Torpor and Awakening,” lecture, Indigenous Scholars Conference: Indigenous Epistemologies: Re-Visioning Reconciliation, 2015, University of Alberta 
  • Ballengée, Brandon, “The Art, Science, and Environmentalism of Deformed Amphibian Research,” 2015
  • Carruthers, Beth, “Praxis: Acting as if Everything Matters,” 2006
  • Darwin, Charles, “Galapagos Archipelago” and “Tahiti and New Zealand,” in Voyage of the Beagle, London and New York: JM Dent & Sons, Ltd. and EP Dutton & Co, Inc., 1906.
  • Hamilton, Ann, The Common Sense, Seattle, WA: Henry Art Gallery, 2014-15
  • Haraway, Donna, “Symbiogenesis,” in Bubant, N., Gan, E., Swanson, H., Tsing, A., ed., Arts of Living on a Damaged Planet, Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2017
  • Hellicon Collaborative, “Farther, Faster, Together,” ArtPlace America LLC, 2018 
  • Kimmerer, Robin Wall, Braiding Sweetgrass, Minneapolis: Milkweed Editions, 2013.
  • Matilsky, Barbara, Endangered Species: Artists on the Front Line of Biodiversity, Bellingham, WA: Whatcom Museum, 2018.
  • Pearson, K.R., Backman, M. Grenni, S., Moriggi, A., Pisters, S. Vrieze de, A., “Arts-Based Methods for Transformative Engagement: A Toolkit,” Wageningen: SUSPLACE, 2018.
  • SongBird – Arts & Ecology In Practice, Beth Carruthers 1998-2002

Books & Articles

  • Brown, Andrew. Art & Ecology Now (London: Thames & Hudson, 2014)
  • Carruthers, B. Art, Place and the Meaning of Home: Commissioned Essay for the Stanley Park Environmental Art Project. Vancouver Board of Parks, Arts & Culture. (2010).
  • Carruthers, B. Cartographies sans Bornes (Maps without Borders). In S. Kirkvold, S. (Ed.) Canada’s Raincoast at Risk: Art for an Oil Free Coast. Sydney: Raincoast Conservation (2012).
  • Carruthers, B. Possible Worlds. In E. Monoion & R. Ferry, Public Art of the Sustainable City: The Land Art Generator UAE / 2010 (16-19). Hong Kong: Page One. (2012).
  • Carruthers, B. Always Coming Home: Pioneering Ecological Social Sculpture and Sci-Arts Collaboration in Canada. In The Goose (Journal of the Association for Literature, Environment, and Culture in Canada). 12/13 2013, 56-62 (2013).
  • Carruthers, B. A Subtle Activism of the Heart. In L. Piper & L. Szabo-Jones (Eds.) Sustaining the West: Cultural Responses to Canadian Environments (65- 78). Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier University Press. (2015).
  • Demos, TJ. Decolonizing Nature: Contemporary Art and the Politics of Ecology (Berlin: Sternberg Press, 2016) 
  • Matilsky, Barbara C. Fragile Ecologies: Contemporary Artists Interpretations and Solutions. New York: Rizzoli International, 1992.
  • Matilsky, Barbara, “Art and Ecology: The Museum as Activist”, MUSEUM NEWS, March- April, 1992
  • Matilsky, Barbara, “The Survival of Culture and Nature: Perspectives on the History of Environmental Art”, ART AND DESIGN, Profile Number 36, Art and the Natural Environment, London, 1994
  • Weintraub, Linda with Skip Schuckmann. Avant-Guardians: Texlets on Ecology and Art. Rhinebeck, New York: Artnow Publications, 2006: Cycle-Logic Art: Recycling Matters for Eco Art; Environmentalities: Twenty-two Approaches to Eco Art; ECOcentric Topics: Pioneering Themes in Eco Art
  • Weintraub, Linda with Skip Schuckmann. Avant-Guardians: Texlets on Ecology and
  • Art. Rhinebeck, New York: Artnow Publications, 2006.
  • Weintraub, Linda, TO LIFE! Eco Art in Pursuit of a Sustainable Planet, Berkeley: University of California Press, 2012
  • Weintraub, Linda, WHAT’s NEXT? Eco Materialism & Contemporary Art, Bristol: Intellect Books, 2018