Earth Day@50 – Arts Initiative

Join us in celebrating the Year of the Environment by participating in the Earth Day@50 – Arts Initiative. This initiative is part of a year-long celebration honoring the past fifty years of environmental stewardship and the power of artistic expression in connecting people, transforming perspectives, and igniting action.

Our calendar is your guide to environmental art events on campus and in the greater community. We encourage you to browse the listings or submit an event.

The Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies is serving as host for this calendar.

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March 2020

Firelines: Humans and Habitat Renewal

March 2 - April 30
Steinhauer Trust Gallery, Visitor Center at UW Arboretum, 1207 Seminole Highway
Madison, WI 53711 United States
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“Firelines: Humans and Habitat Renewal,” an exhibition of black-and-white, panoramic photographs by Jill Metcoff, will be on view in the Steinhauer Trust Gallery in March and April. Metcoff's photographs of prescribed burns document prairies, savannas,…

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Earthly Kin

March 6 @ 9:00 am - June 1 @ 9:00 pm
Playhouse Gallery, Overture Center, 201 State Street
Madison, WI 53703
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The relationships between humans and our fellow living creatures are ancient and complex. In this exhibit, artists explore the mysteries, beauty and tragedy of our shared lives. Overture Galleries are open during all event hours.…

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Endgame

March 10 - June 1
Overture Galleries I, II, III; Overture Center for the Arts, 201 State St
Madison, WI 53703 United States
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John Riggs and Hannah Sandvold record landscapes of the Pacific Northwest in transition. Riggs' photographs are a call to action, linking the devastating results of clearcutting to our climate crisis. Sandvold uses traditional printmaking techniques…

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Altered Scapes

March 10 - June 1
Overture Galleries I, II, III; Overture Center for the Arts, 201 State St
Madison, WI 53703 United States
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Ginnie Cappaert and Lynne Roark depict the beauty of natural landscapes, distilling them into their essential elements. Cappaert's intimate works, created with 30-40 layers of oil pain and cold wax, speak to the small, but…

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Unaccountable Adobes

March 10 - June 1
Overture Galleries I, II, III; Overture Center for the Arts, 201 State St
Madison, WI 53703 United States
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Erin Liljegren adn Robert Jaeger present both Earth's human and animal inhabitants in the man-made environments. Liljegren addresses the deprivation of the environment caused by human overpopulation and massive consumption through mixed media and recycled…

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Overture Galleries Spring Exhibitions

March 10 @ 9:00 am - May 31 @ 12:00 am
Overture Galleries I, II, III; Overture Center for the Arts, 201 State St
Madison, WI 53703 United States
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Photography by John Riggs Overture Galleries Spring 2020 Exhibition Cycle showcasing work about the environment: Gallery I – John Riggs and Hannah Sandvold John Riggs and Hannah Sandvold record fluctuating landscapes around the Western United…

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April 2020

ClearCut, the Wages of Dominion

April 2 @ 6:30 pm
Wisconsin Studio, Overture Center for the Arts, 201 State St
Madison, WI 53703 United States
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Photo by John Riggs Join artist John Riggs and UW-Madison scholar Monika Shea as they discuss clearcutting as a metaphor for the tensions that exist in how humans perceive and interact with the natural world, and more…

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Clear Cut: The Wages of Dominion

April 2 @ 6:30 pm
Overture Center for the Arts, 201 State St
Madison, WI 53703

Join artist John Riggs and UW scholar Monika Shea as they discuss clearcutting as a metaphor for the tensions that exist in how humans perceive and interact with the natural world, and more broadly how…

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Five Decades of Fighting for Freedom: A Conversation with Charlotte HIll O’Neal AKA Mama C

April 14 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free

Join Charlotte Hill O’Neal aka Mama C as she discusses her legacy as an activist over five decades of struggle. A member of the Kansas City Chapter of the Black Panther Party, Mama C and her husband,…

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Double Feature: Chasing Coral and Chasing Ice

April 14 @ 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Marquee Theater, Union South, 1308 W Dayton St
Madison, WI 53715 United States
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FREE FILM SCREENING Tuesday, April 14, 2020 6–9:30 p.m. (Chasing Coral run time: 93 minutes; Chasing Ice run time: 75 minutes) Marquee Theater, Union South Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets will be issued on…

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