Arousing Biophilia


March 2, 2018 – April 22, 2018
Art Ark Gallery
1035 S. 6th Street
San Jose, CA 95112

Curated by Shanon Amidon

Arouse – Evoke or awaken (a feeling, emotion, or response) to stir to action or strong response

Biophilia – The biophilia hypothesis suggests that humans possess an innate tendency to seek connections with nature and other forms of life.


Opening Reception & Artist Talk
Friday March 2, 2018 
6:00pm – 7:00pm Artist Talk
7:00pm – 9:00pm Opening Reception – Featuring music by Mark Camp

Gallery Hours: 11am-3pm Fridays and Saturdays during exhibit  – excluding March 17th & 18th. 
For private tours on other days please contact Shannon Amidon – shannon@shannonamidon.com

The Art Inspector Danielle Siembieda
Saturday March 31, 2018
1:00pm-2:30pm
What is the carbon impact of your art? Art Inspector: Saving the Earth by Changing Art is a social practice project aimed at creating an eco-art economy. The Art Inspector will present challenges from artist, retailers, manufacturing, and curation. She will also share information on where to source low-impact art materials, studio modifications, and safety, etc. There will be an hour lecture with time for Q&A

Earth Day Event and Workshops
Sunday April 22, 2018
12pm – 4pm
Free and Open to the public
Join us for an afternoon of environmental art workshops and demos in partnership with Veggielution Urban Community Farm.
Create a mini ‘SAVE THE OCEAN’ mobile from items found on Bay Area beaches. Learn how to do subterranean soil and insect scanning, make native flower seed bombs and more.

Supported in part by The Awesome Foundation San Jose


As our culture becomes increasingly urbanized, humans have become increasingly disconnected from the forces and elements of nature, a condition that not only impacts our planet but also the health of its inhabitants.  Yet E.O. Wilson’s biophilia hypothesis suggests that humans possess an innate tendency to seek connections with nature and other forms of life.

In this time of social, environmental and political upheaval, this exhibit will offer viewers a moment of contemplation and introspection. Art has a unique ability to help people envision new and innovative ways to observe nature. It stimulates and raises our environmental awareness by inviting us to consider our surroundings not so much as a backdrop but rather as a vital part of our existence. Arousing Biophilia is an exhibit that seeks to evoke deeper exploration of our natural world, acts of altruism and environmental stewardship by bringing the wonder of nature and the environment back into focus.  

The artists in the exhibit are fascinated with exploring, investigating, and conserving nature. Their artwork explores a variety of topics including life cycles, entomology, ecosystems, botany, organisms, mycology, biodiversity, and the relationship between humans and the environment.

The exhibit features installation, sculpture, glassworks, encaustic, photography, printmaking, and a variety of other mediums.

Arousing Biophilia resources, information and inspiration provided by the participating artists

Participating Artists:

Shannon Amidon

Shannon Amidon

Liam Blackwell

Liam Blackwell

Cheryl Coon

Cheryl Coon

Michele Guieu

Michele Guieu

Melinda Hurst Fry

Pantea Karim

Pantea Karimi

Carrie Lederer

Carrie Lederer

Cynthia O'Brien

Cynthia O’Brien

Michael Pisano

Michael Pisano

Estraven Lupino-Smith

Estraven Lupino-Smith

Demetra Theofanous

Demetra Theofanous

Alexis Williams

Alexis Williams