In 2012, an advisory team of Environmental Art professionals, led by former Director of Environmental Art Jenny Laden, brought their expertise to plan for a new paradigm of art creation at The Schuylkill Center. This project was based upon the belief that ours can be a site where artists create artworks with ecological impact. The team developed artistic criteria and audience engagement strategies for the new programming.
Lillian Ball: NY-based artist and environmental activist. Works internationally. Recently completed WATERWASH ABC with a team who created a wetland park to filter storm runoff, improve habitat, and increase Bronx River public access. Ball was appointed to the Southold, New York Land Preservation Committee in 2006, where she serves on an ongoing basis. She has curated and written about water and land use issues, most recently contributing a chapter on eco-cultural art to The Human Dimensions of Ecological Restoration (Island Press).
Sam Bower: Founding Executive Director of greenmuseum.org, an online museum of environmental art. Serves as the art and environment editor for works & conversations magazine, and is published in numerous online and print publications including: The Public Art Review, ArtJournal, Orion Magazine, and in a position paper on art and ecology contained in the Arts and Civic Engagement Impact Initiative report of Americans for the Arts/Animating Democracy.
Jenny Laden: former Director of Environmental Art at the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education. Adjunct Professor at Drexel University Antoinette Westphall College of Art and Design. Laden has curated exhibitions and served as a panelist for Philadelphia’s Percent for Art Program. She is a founding member of the Board of Directors for Groundswell, in Brooklyn, NY. She is also an artist and has exhibited her work internationally and in Chicago, New York, San Francisco and Philadelphia.
Stacy Levy: Artist who makes public art that harness natural processes, serving as an asset to the site. Recently worked with the PA Horticultural Society to create a park where plantroots and the freeze/thaw cycle break down a concrete expanse. Levy has received fellowships from Pew, MidAtlantic Arts, and PA Council on the Arts, among others. She is also currently working on of a major work to remediate stormwater at The Schuylkill Center, as well as a major commission to be installed at the Philadelphia Airport. stacylevy.com
Amy Lipton: East Coast curator and co-director of ecoartspace, a bi-coastal non-profit organization that creates opportunities to address environmental issues through art. She has curated numerous exhibitions for museums, galleries, sculpture parks and environmental centers, is widely published, organizes/ participates on panel discussions, and frequently lectures on art and the environment. She was co-curator of Ecovention (2002) at the Contemporary Art Center in Cincinnati and co-published the accompanying 160-page exhibition catalogue.
Eve Mosher: Artist; Assistant Professor at Parsons the New School for Design, and Consultant for Creative Capital (NY). Mosher’s public works investigate landscapes to facilitate the audience’s exploration of urban issues. She addresses issues of involvement in the environment, public/private space, history of place, cultural and social issues, and our own understanding of the urban ecosystem.
Jenny Sabin: Architectural Designer and Artist; Principal of Jenny Sabin Studio; Co-Founder of LabStudio; Assistant Professor in Design and Emerging Technologies, Department of Architecture, Cornell University. Sabin’s research/work is the vanguard of 21st-century architectural practice: it investigates the intersection of architecture and science, applying insight and theory from biology and mathematics to the design of material structures.
Frances Whitehead: Professor, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago; author/creator of Embedded Artist Project; Founder, the Knowledge Lab. Whitehead’s artistic investigations probe relationships between the scientific, historical, and future meanings of form, material, and site. Areas of focus include post-industrial subjects and the biologic, adaptive re-use of infrastructure, site remediation, civic planning, and community development, emerging from reflections on the history and philosophy of gardens and landscape.