We’re pleased to present Anthropocene, a visually stunning and breathtaking display that is sure to surprise and enlighten. We hope you’ll join us for a unique experience you’ll never forget.
ANTHROPOCENE: THE PERIOD WHEN HUMAN ACTIVITY HAS BEEN THE DOMINANT INFLUENCE ON CLIMATE AND THE ENVIRONMENT.
Anthropocene is an art exhibit about how humans have profoundly affected the landscape of the earth since the Industrial Revolution. The term Anthropocene is a recently described epoch in geological history. It is not an official designation but is a name given by global change activists to the recent time period of formidable changes made by humans on the earth. The artwork in this exhibit reflects the artists’ observations and response to how humans have changed the nature of the earth.
The global environmental crisis is so huge that it can be overwhelming for the individual. For things to change it may have to be done collaboratively. This spirit of collaboration is reflected in this art exhibit with the invitation to artists from all disciplines and departments throughout Savannah College of Art and Design. In addition, all levels of experience from students to alumni to professors and staff are represented.
Local as well as global environmental issues are addressed such as recovery and preservation of the Savannah River and Coastal Georgia. Much has been done to call attention and awareness to the dilemma of global climate change, so this exhibit strives to present solutions and demand change now. Ideas and artworks are presented in many formats and styles: 2D, 3D and audio/video/installations.
The spirit of the Anthropocene exhibition of 2019 can be summed up in the words of Nobel Peace Prize Nominee Greta Thunberg when she spoke to the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Katowice Poland when she said, “You are never too small to make a difference.”
As the creators of Anthropocene, our artists provide the heart, soul and incredible talent to bring this event to life. Their dedication is unparalleled, and is easy to see by anyone who has the opportunity to experience this event. Read through our artist profiles below to learn more, and get in touch if you’d like to schedule a meeting.
Anthropocene truly wouldn’t be the same without Kathy Varadi. With a successful career throughout many facets of the art world, her portfolio is surprisingly diverse but always exceptionally executed.
Belinda Draucker leads the typically unconventional life of an artist and musician. Working with a wide array of media and constantly pushing boundaries, this artist is known for breadth and richness in style and execution.
Keynote Speaker and Guest Artist
Lisa Lebofsky presents paintings that explore our emotional and physical relationship with nature. She holds her BFA in metals from SUNY New Paltz, and MFA in painting from New York Academy of Art. Lebofsky finds inspiration by traveling extensively, often to remote parts of the world, in order to immerse herself in different environments and cultures. She seeks out areas around the globe that are particularly susceptible to the impacts of climate change, and meets with local residents to discuss how their community is impacted. Regions visited include Antarctica, Newfoundland and Labrador, Greenland, and The Maldives.
Currently, Lisa is in the midst of a multi-year mission to travel around North America painting en plein air, to better know the changes happening in our environment and the people it is affecting.
Professor of Landscape Painting
Roger Walton is a distinguished oil painter of contemporary landscapes who has rendered humans effecting the earth throughout his industrious career. His painting "Truman Parkway at DeRenne" is the anchor piece for Anthropocene 2019. His artwork was chosen for the U.S. State Department Art in Embassies program. He honors include those from Ohio Arts Council Grant; Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant; SCAD Presidential Fellowship; residency, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Vermont Studio Center and Graduate Fellowship, Brooklyn College.
The Anthropocene is featuring some of the most incredible and impassioned artists from both our SCA community as well as our local community. Browse the gallery of submissions below.