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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September 2019

Swept Away: Exhibit by Aaron Laux and Katherine Steichen Rosing

September 10 @ 9:00 am - December 1 @ 12:00 am
Overture Gallery I, Overture Center for the Arts, 201 State St
Madison, WI 530703 United States
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Using the circle as a symbol of earth and eternity, Swept Away weaves a narrative of climate change. A rich tapestry of natural materials and impressions of ephemeral objects explore the effects of human disruptions…

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Plastic Entanglements: Ecology, Aesthetics, Materials

September 13, 2019 - January 5, 2020
Pleasant T. Rowland Galleries, Chazen Museum of Art, 800 University Ave
Madison, WI 53706 United States
Free

Plastic Entanglements: Ecology, Aesthetics, Materials features contemporary artwork investigating the complex cultural and material nexus that is “Plastic.”

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November 2019

Paintings for Penguins

November 1 @ 12:00 am - November 27 @ 12:00 am
Henry Vilas Zoo, 702 S Randall Ave
Madison, WI 53715 United States
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During the month of November the Henry Vilas Zoo will feature art, created by local artists and even some zoo animals, in and around the zoo. Guests will have the chance to vote for their…

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“Exit Disclaimer: Science and Fiction Ahead”: Dance Theater about Climate by The Seldoms

November 14 @ 12:00 am - November 16 @ 12:00 am
Margaret H’Doubler Performance Space, Lathrop Hall, 1050 University Avenue
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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In a shared concert with Kate Corby & Dancers, Chicago-based dance company The Seldoms, under the direction of Division of the Arts Interdisciplinary Artist-in-Residence Carrie Hanson, will perform an excerpt of "Exit Disclaimer: Science and…

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The Return of Navajo Boy Film Screening & Discussion

November 15 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Chazen Museum of Art, 750 University Avenue
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Join us for a 20th anniversary screening of the documentary film, The Return of Navajo Boy. A Sundance Film Festival & PBS selection, this documentary unlocks the mystery of a silent 1950s docudrama called “Navajo…

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From Topic to Topography: Final Student Residency Event

November 21 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Lobby, Chazen Museum of Art, 750 University Avenue
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Free

This final residency event will feature a group performance from students in Carrie Hanson’s interdisciplinary arts course, as well as their independent projects. This culminating event will integrate the visual artworks created alongside residency guest…

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The Power of Storytelling and Traditional Ecological Knowledge

November 21 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Lake Mendota Room, Dejope Hall, 640 Elm Drive
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Mary Louise (Wagmuhawin meaning “Gourd Woman”) is a nationally renowned traditional Dakotah/Hidatsa elder, storyteller and traditionalist enrolled at the Standing Rock Indian Reservation of North Dakota. Born on October 14, 1930, and delivered by her…

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January 2020

FLOE — a multimedia performance about climate change

January 22, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - January 24, 2020 @ 12:00 am
Wisconsin Union Theater, 800 Langdon Street
Madison, WI 53706
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$35

MADness, delusion, OIL extraction, the vanishing of Arctic ICE, and rising SEA levels. "Floe" is a new dance theater work by The Seldoms that embodies the fragmentation of our global conversation on climate change as…

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March 2020

Overture Galleries Spring Exhibitions

March 10, 2020 @ 9:00 am - May 31, 2020 @ 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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Overture Galleries Spring 2020 Exhibition Cycle showcasing work about the environment: Gallery I – John Riggs & Hannah Sandvold John Riggs and Hannah Sandvold record fluctuating landscapes around the Western United States. Riggs’ photographs reveal…

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April 2020

The Flowers Are Burning Art Exhibition and Climate Justice Project

April 16, 2020 @ 8:00 am - June 24, 2020 @ 4:30 pm
Holy Wisdom Monastery, 4200 County Road M
Middleton, WI 53562 United States
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Free

Art exhibition in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. Collaboratively painted watercolors by artists Helen Klebesadel and Mary Kay Neumann will be on display in the Holy Wisdom Monastery gallery from April 16,…

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