Community Geology, Environment and Sustainability Hofstra University Museum

Art with an Environmental Message

Janet Culbertson (American, born 1932) BUY, 2017 Oil on canvas 24 x 36 in. Courtesy of the artist ©2019 Janet Culbertson

Works by artists who use their talents to bring attention to environmental issues is the focus of a new Hofstra University Museum of Art exhibition on display through December 13, 2019.

The works featured Environmental Impact depict how human intrusion into the natural world has resulted in dire environmental concerns. Featured artists – including Daniel Beltrá, Diane Burko, Edward Burtynsky, Janet Culbertson, Alejandro Durán, Steve McPherson, Alexis Rockman, Barbara Roux, and Steve Rowell – believe that society can begin to achieve change through action.

“Through their varied mediums, these artists are hoping to influence public opinion,” said Museum Acting Director and Exhibition Curator Karen T. Albert. “They are activists, as well as artists.”

Alejandro Durán (Mexican, born 1974)
Algas (Algae) from the Washed Up series, 2013
Photograph 40 x 52 in.
Courtesy of the artist ©2019 Alejandro Durán

Environmental Impact is on display through December 13, 2019, at the Emily Lowe Gallery located behind Emily Lowe Hall on Hofstra University’s South Campus. The public is invited to an opening reception on Thursday, September 19, 4:30-6:30 p.m., featuring special remarks by Robert Brinkmann, PhD, Hofstra Professor of Geology, Environment, and Sustainability. Admission to the reception is free and open to the public.

Additional programming planned in conjunction with Environmental Impact includes:

Tuesday, October 29, 6-8 p.m. – Film Screening: Chasing Coral

Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Joan and Donald E. Axinn Library, First Floor, South Campus

This documentary aims to raise awareness of the catastrophic effects of the earth’s disappearing coral reefs. Jason D. Williams, PhD, Hofstra Professor of Biology, introduces the film and leads the Q&A. Free and open to the public.


Wednesday, November 13, 4:30-6 p.m. – Environmental Impact Roundtable: Art Into Action

Emily Lowe Gallery, behind Emily Lowe Hall, South Campus

Join participating artists in a conversation about how the works of art in this exhibition bring awareness to a range of environmental issues. Annetta Centrella-Vitale, Hofstra’s Director of Sustainability Studies and Adjunct Instructor of Geology, Environment, and Sustainability, serves as moderator.  Free and open to the public.


Family Fun with ARTful Adventures

For children ages 5-10 with an adult companion. All sessions meet at the Emily Lowe Gallery, behind Emily Lowe Hall, South Campus

Saturday, September 14, 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. Learn about the environment and make a habitat for an endangered species with recycled materials.

Saturday, November 9, 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. Build a sculpture from recycled and unexpected materials.

Saturday, December 14, 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. Create a collage that makes a statement using pictures of washed up objects we use every day.

Advance registration is required. Limited to 15 participating children per session. Fee: $10 per child per session when prepaid ($12 when paid day of the program).


For more information about the exhibition and associated public programs, call (516) 463-5672 or visit the Hofstra University Museum of Art website.

The Hofstra University Museum of Art has been awarded the highest honor a museum can receive, continued accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM). Approximately 3% of museums nationwide have earned this distinguished recognition. Accreditation certifies that the Hofstra University Museum of Art operates according to professional standards, manages its collections responsibly and provides quality service to the public.

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