The Coastal Discovery Museum is excited to announce the upcoming exhibition Intricate Oceans: Coral in Contemporary Art, opening September 23, 2023. Featuring work from seven contemporary artists who are deeply concerned with the health of the coral reefs, the exhibition will explore through their work the environmental pressures facing our oceans.
The museum will also host an Opening Reception on Thursday, Sept. 28 from 5-7 p.m.
International in scope, the exhibition will highlight work from ceramicists Courtney Mattison and Lauren Shapiro (USA), textile artist Vanessa Barragão (Portugal), painter Lisa Tubach (USA), mixed media artist Stephanie Kilgast (France), and sculptors Ginger Ertz and Mara Lefebvre (USA).
While the news surrounding climate change, pollution, and over-fishing is grim and the effect on coral reefs undeniable, these artists have not given up hope. Each artist has a unique vision, but they all use their art to advocate for the health of the ocean with the goal of inspiring a change in public awareness and support for conservation efforts. Several of the artists have backgrounds in marine biology and collaborate with scientists, merging the beauty of art with the observations of science.
The exhibition is curated by Elizabeth Greenberg, Director of Exhibitions at the Coastal Discovery Museum.