September 5 – December 16, 2023 | Sandra J. Blain Galleries
Reception: Friday, October 27, 2023, 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm, Film Screening in Auditorium at 7:00 pm, Award presentations to follow. Free and open to the public.
Adult & Kids Craft Night: Tuesday, November 14, 5:30 – 8:30 pm. Advanced registration required.
Family Guide & Gallery Tours: Thursday, November 16, 3:30 – 6:30 pm. Free and open to the public.
Fall Family Craft Day: November 18, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm. Advanced registration required.
For centuries, artists have put their vision and skill to work for the betterment of society in an effort to effect change and expand our understanding of complex issues. Information based solely on data can often leave people feeling overwhelmed, disempowered, disconnected, and sometimes hopeless in the face of daunting odds. Art has the incredible power to compel thought, elicit feelings, and inspire discourse, which in turn, can motivate engagement and galvanize action; why we make, what we make, and how we make work matters and makes a difference in the world.
In this exhibition, you will find a diverse selection of works by 52 artists that employ a range of media and approaches. All demonstrate respect and reverence for the environment and create works that honor the natural world and a shared existence. Art doesn’t show people what to do, but it can make one feel and inspire one to think more deeply. These thoughts and feelings can motivate people to become more engaged and take action. Every action, no matter how small, has a cumulative effect when many people engage.
Degrees of Commitment: Climate, Ecosystems, and Society was juried by Gina Siepel (she/they), an interdisciplinary artist whose practice reflects a deep engagement with place, history, queer experience, and ecology; and Isabel Vargas (she/her), a Kansas City-based curator and organizer who is dedicated to diversity and equity in the Arts.
Exhibiting Artists Include:
Maxie Adler; MaryBeth Boone; Ariel Bowman; Megan Broughton; Katherin Caldwell; Marcy Chevali; Ann Coddington; Alix Deane; Amy Edwards; Becs Epstein; McLean Fahenstock; Arron Foster; Maggy Rozycki Hiltner; Katie Hudnall; Rebecca Hutchinson; Elise Kendrot; Caitlin La Dolce; George Lorio; Barbara Mann; Becky McDonah; Larissa McPherson; Anthony Mead; Kim Mirus; Kalliopi Monoyios; Claudia O’Steen & Aly Ogasian; Carmen OStermann; Caitlin Parker; Katie Peck; Laura Petrovich-Cheney; Elaine Quave; Tina Rath; Brooke & Justin Rothshank; Nadine Saylor; Maria Schechter; Rachel Simmons; Adrienne Sloane; Matthew Smith; Victoria Spindler-Fox; Eric Stark; Marta Staudinger; Kirsten Taylor; Natalie Thedford; Kari Varner; Alex Vonhof; Melissa Wang; Josh Winkler; Stephanie Wolff; Alexis Zabor; Isabel Zeng
Links to video artists’ pieces included in the exhibition:
Isabel Zeng: What’s Left of Us
This exhibition is free and open to the public during Arrowmont business hours.