Elena Soterakis is a Brooklyn-based visual artist exploring environmental degradation and the perils of climate change. In an era of environmental neglect, Soterakis’ artwork depicts 21st century anthropogenic landscapes. She has participated in exhibitions in Tokyo, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Washington D.C., and Houston, and has exhibited extensively throughout New York City. Soterakis is a founding member of the international space art initiative, Beyond Earth, a multidisciplinary artist collective that expands the possibility of art on Earth and beyond. By linking art, space, and biology Beyond Earth builds global awareness of our home planet and explores creativity in the far reaches of Outerspace. Soterakis the is Co-Founder and Director of BioBAT Art Space, an exhibition space in New York City entirely dedicated to the intersection of Science, Art, and Technology located in the Brooklyn Army Terminal, at the biotech incubator BioBAT Inc. Soterakis received her MFA from the New York Academy of Art and her BFA from The School of Visual Arts.
Michelle Robinson received her Bachelor of Environmental Design in 1991 from Texas A&M University and continued with graduate studies at Texas A&M’s program in Visualization, producing animated short films that were shown at the Walker Art Center, the Dallas Museum of Art, Imagina in Monaco, and The AFI National Video Festival. She also holds an MFA in Visual Art at New Hampshire Institute of Art and exhibited her thesis body of work at the Sharon Arts Center in Peterborough, New Hampshire. She has had her work published in Diffusion of Light, The Hand, and Precog magazine. Exhibition highlights include a curated show dealing with the urban environment at the Brand Library in Glendale, CA, a solo show at the Dairy Center for the Arts in Boulder, CO, and a forthcoming solo show at the Cecelia Coker Bell Gallery at Coker University in 2021.
Ramey Newell is an artist and filmmaker whose work explores issues relating to ecology, climate change and mass extinction, scientific epistemologies, anthropocentrism, the mythologies of the American West, and the expectations of documentary image. Her photographic and moving image works have been shown in festivals, galleries, and museums throughout the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada and Australia, including at the Polygon Gallery in North Vancouver, Canada, and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. She holds a BFA in Photography from New Mexico State University, a graduate certificate in Interdisciplinary Documentary Media from the University of Colorado, and an MFA in Visual Art from the University of British Columbia. She currently lives, works, and teaches in British Columbia.
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Shanna Merola is a visual artist, photojournalist, and legal worker. In addition to her studio practice, she has been a human rights observer during political uprisings across the country - from the struggle for water rights in Detroit and Flint, MI, to the frontlines of Ferguson, MO, and Standing Rock, ND. Her collages and constructed landscapes are informed by these events. Merola lives in Detroit, MI, where she facilitates Know-Your-Rights workshops and coordinates legal support for grassroots organizations through the National Lawyers Guild. She has been awarded studio residencies and fellowships through the MacDowell Colony, the Studios at MASS MoCA, Kala Institute of Art, the Society for Photographic Education, the Puffin Foundation, and the Virginia Museum of Fine Art. Merola holds an MFA in Photography from Cranbrook Academy of Art, and a BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University. Her work has been published and exhibited both nationally and abroad.
Susan Hoffman Fishman
Susan Hoffman Fishman is a painter, public artist and writer whose work has been exhibited widely in museums and galleries throughout the U.S. Her latest work focuses on water and the climate crisis. With her monthly column, “Imagining Water,” Fishman is a regular contributor to the blog, Artists and Climate Change , which documents the work of visual artists, playwrights, novelists, poets, dancers, public artists, musicians and performers, etc. around the world who are focusing on the topic of water and climate change. Fishman Is also the co-creator of two large-scale, community-based, interactive public art projects: The Wave, a national interactive installation which addresses our mutual need for and interdependence on water, and Home, which calls attention to homelessness and the on-going need for affordable housing in our cities and states. To date The Wave has been installed in 24 museums, galleries, libraries, parks, schools and festivals.
Yujia Bian is a researcher and artist in landscape and architecture. Her works focus on the broad connotations of the environment. Her recent experiments explore the so-called nature’s conceit through metaphor, humor, satire, and myth. These works interrogate the regulations, interpretations, and understandings of the environment at small scales, and try to capture moments where nature escapes human’s best attempt to control.