Arousing Biophilia

After a really inspiring artist research residency this past June I wanted to further explore the idea of art, nature and science and also push myself to do something different and new. So after some brainstorming and talking with great artist friends I decided that I wanted to curate an art exhibition. I am really passionate about these subjects and want to share them with the world.  Although I have done some curation before it never has been on this scale with something so close to my heart. I have invited 11 amazing artists from all over the US and Canada to participate. I can’t begin to tell you how thrilled I am to have such a talented and diverse group of artists.The exhibition will take place March and April 2018 at the Art Ark Gallery in San Jose and will also include other programing such as artist talks, workshops and resource information.

The title is Arousing Biophilia

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.

Exhibition Statement: 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.

Participating Artists:Shannon Amidon - San Jose, CALiam Blackwell - Montreal, CanadaCheryl Coon - San Francisco, CAMichele Guieu - Sunnyvale, CAMelinda Hurst Frye - Seattle, WAPantea Karimi - San Jose, CACarrie Lederer - Oakland, CACynthia O'Brien - Ottawa, CanadaMichael Pisano - Pittsburgh, PA Estraven Lupino-Smith - BC, CanadaDemetra Theofanous - Mountain View, CAAlexis Williams - Richmond, Canada

In the months leading up to the exhibit I will be sharing more info about the artists, events and theme of the exhibit. You can also follow the exhibit on Instagram

Unearthed by Shannon Amidon
Unearthed by Shannon Amidon

Unearthed - 36" x 24" Encaustic Paiting