The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education is devoted to understanding and improving our natural world. Located within the limits of a major metropolitan area and on an ecologically important watershed of the Schuylkill River, SCEE promotes, through environmental education, the conservation and improvement of the natural environment. We offer diverse avenues to deepen people’s relationship to nature. Since 2000, our environmental art department has used art as a tool for inciting curiosity and promoting environmental awareness to the public.
Our past exhibitions have presented site-specific installations outdoors which address environmental realities, concerns, dreams and inventions. And indoor exhibitions which present an array of perspectives about nature. Please visit the Exhibitions section of this site to see our shows.
In 2012, we embarked on a comprehensive re-envisioning of our environmental art department. The new vision aligns the environmental art department more fully with the center’s conservation and education goals, by presenting projects that actually solve ecological problems.
These hybrid projects result from collaborations between artists and other professionals–scientists, architects, ecologists, engineers or urban planners–and members of local communities. The resulting art works can deliver greater understanding to all of us, can offer a unique way to experience nature, and can directly contribute to the health of our natural world. For examples of these works, please see Artist Projects Page.
Working with an advisory team of environmental art experts, we will plan for this new initiative and identify our best way forward into this new practice. See Team Page for more.
In the spring of 2013, the Schuylkill Center hosted a conference, Beneath the Surface. This one-day conference presented the discoveries made in our planning process, allowed the team to present their own work, and brought arts professionals and audiences together to learn more about this innovative art practice which carries such great responsibility and potential.
This website shares our process, provides background on our history and our team, and presents examples of artists’ projects in this genre. We thank you so much for your interest in our work, and look forward to the discoveries we will make.
Please feel free to join our contact list, and learn more about the Schuylkill Center’s other activities at SchuylkillCenter.org
Watch a video about our program on the Schuylkill Center’s YouTube Channel.