The Hazel Wolf Gallery of the David Brower Center, with its Art of Advocacy theme, continues the Brower tradition by exhibiting the work of past and present-day artists working toward the same goals, creators of art that advocates for nature, for biological and cultural diversity, for environmental justice, and for planetary salvation. Our series seeks to explore the diversity of ways in which art serves the movement. Exhibits will range from retrospective to cutting-edge, amateur to expert, local to global.

“He taught us to see,” Brower wrote of a colleague, the photographer Eliot Porter. Seeing the world through the eyes and works of the artist can inspire, arouse, and inform. Art can deepen awareness of the beauties of nature and the threats to it, and the sorrows and promise of human society. Making art can be about more than catharsis and communication: creation becomes a way to strengthen the artist’s understanding and resolve. Experiencing art that takes the natural world and its peoples as subject, whether as observer or creator, can build awareness and engagement and make advocates of us all.

While other arts organizations address political issues on occasion, the David Brower Center, with its exclusive focus on the art of advocacy, offers a unique space to deeply explore the activist side of art through exhibitions, films, performances, lectures, and other educational programs. The Center presents three art exhibitions and 20-30 associated public programs each year; its gallery has featured Sebastiao Salgado, Maya Lin, Richard Misrach, Chris Jordan, and Amy Franceschini, as well as a range of noteworthy emerging and mid-career artists. The Center’s exhibitions have been recognized by national and international press, including the UK’s The Guardian, The New York Times, and San Francisco Chronicle.

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