The COVID-19 pandemic has shed a powerful light on the vulnerabilities in our social and ecological systems. Spring 2021 may look a little different from usual at MassArt, but we will focus even more deeply on justice and equity in sustainable art and design practice.  We welcome your participation.  Lets work together to create a just and healthy future for all.

COF Minor in Sustainability

Through your course work in the COF Sustainability Minor you will be guided to develop fundamental interdisciplinary and collaborative skills necessary to address complex sustainability issues. The coursework in your major will be informed and enhanced by your study of Sustainability.

Lecture Series

This semester you will see a series of lectures, consisting of contemporary experiments in art, design, and research that deal with the conditions of social and cultural experience caused by climate change.
A couple of the dates have not been finalized.  Check back next week for final dates.

  • Steve Lambert
  • Dylan Gauthier
  • Cannupa Hanska Luger
  • Candice Smith Corby
  • The Lady J
  • Yvette Perullo
  • Susie Ganch
  • Christina Seely
  • Courtney Leonard
  • Garnette Cadogan

Thursday, February 11, 9:00 - 10:00 am

Steve Lambert is an artist and co-founder and co-director of the Center for Artistic Activism, a research and training institute helping activists be more creative and artists be more effective.

Lambert’s work has been shown both nationally and internationally, from art galleries to Times Square to protest marches, featured in four documentary films, and over two dozen books, and collected by museums and The Library of Congress. Lambert has presented at the United Nations several times. His research is included in a United Nations report on the impact of advertising on cultural rights, as well as the basis for a book on popular understandings of capitalism.

Wednesday, February 17, 11:00am - 12:00pm

Waterworlds – A Collaborative Public Practice. 

Dylan Gauthier is an artist, curator, and the founder of the water-based art and publishing collective Mare Liberum. His work addresses the social space of environmental concern, combining actions that engage with art, design, policy, and "worldmaking" across disciplines. He works through sculpture, sound, performance, text, and video, and is teaching in the Studio Foundation program at MassArt this spring.

Tuesday, March 2, 5:00 - 6:00 pm

Cannupa Hanska Luger is a New Mexico based multidisciplinary artist who uses social collaboration in response to timely and site-specific issues. Raised on the Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota, he is of Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara, Lakota and European descent. Through monumental installations that incorporate ceramics, video, sound, fiber, steel, and repurposed materials, Luger interweaves performance and political action to communicate stories about 21st Century Indigeneity.

Tuesday, 9 March, 10:00 - 11:00 am

Candice Smith Corby is an artist, as well as a Professor and the Director of the Carol Calo Gallery in the Visual and Performing Arts Department at Stonehill College near Boston, MA. She is interested in connecting contemporary image-making with historical methods and materials. She is a Massachusetts Cultural Council 2008 Fellow and 2014 Finalist in painting, a 2011 Dave Bown Project Grantee, and received a 2013 Awesome Foundation grant. She was the invited 2018-19 Guest Artist at Fruitlands Museum in Harvard, MA which included an artist book and solo exhibition Inhabiting Folk Portraits. She has published several art reviews and essays with Big Red & Shiny, and individual artist catalog essays.

Thursday March 11, 10:00 - 11:00am 

Jessica Brown AKA The Lady J 

As a multidisciplinary multimedia spectacle generator, Jess Brown makes work focused on the intersection of race, activism and gender roles in television, media and pop culture. She is a musician in the Extraordinary Rendition Band (ERB) and leader of the Clam Jam Brass Band (a feminist brass party band), she is active in her local community and interested in race politics, social justice, youth education and the arts.

Thursday, March  18, 12:00 - 1:00 pm

Yvette Perullo is a Boston-based educator and designer with 22 years of experience in creative leadership and higher education. She is an advocate for sustainable design and as a co-founder and partner at Re-nourish helped build an independent resource and tool set to foster sustainable design practice. She co-authored a book with Eric Benson, Design to Renourish: Sustainable Graphic Design in Practice. Perullo is a member of Climate Designers.

Friday, April 2, 12:00 - 1:00 pm

Susie Ganch is a first-generation American artist of Hungarian heritage. She is a sculptor, jeweler, and educator living in Richmond, VA where she is Interim Chair for the Department of Craft/Material Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University. Ganch received her MFA from University of Wisconsin-Madison. Part of her practice is Directing Radical Jewelry Makeover, an international jewelry mining and recycling project that continues to travel across the country and abroad. Issues of waste and cultural habits of consumption are imbued through her work.

Friday April 16 12:00 - 1:00pm

Christina Seely is a visual artist whose multidisciplinary photographic practice stretches into the fields of science, design, installation and sound and culminates in a range of visual and collaborative translations. Her exhibition Next of Kin: Seeing Extinction Through An Artist’s Lens opened at the Harvard Museum of Natural History in 2017 which led with related research to a 2020 Environmental Humanities Fellowship at University of Edinburgh in Scotland.

Wednesday 21 April, 10:30am

Courtney M. Leonard (Shinnecock, b.1980) is an artist and filmmaker, who has contributed to the Offshore Art movement. Leonard’s current work embodies the multiple definitions of “breach”, an exploration and documentation of historical ties to water, whale and material sustainability. In collaboration with national and international museums, cultural institutions, and indigenous communities in North America, New Zealand, Nova Scotia, and the United States Embassies, Leonard’s practice investigates narratives of cultural viability as a reflection of environmental record. 
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Tuesday PM, date TBA, announcement forthcoming

Garnette Cadogan is an essayist. His current research explores the promise and perils of urban life, the vitality and inequality of cities, and the challenges of pluralism. He writes about culture and the arts for various publications. In January 2020, his 2015 essay “Black and Blue” was included in the Norton Reader, Fifteenth Edition. He is the Porter Distinguished Visiting Professor for the 2020-2021 academic year. He was also a Martin Luther King Jr. Visiting Scholar (2017-2018) at the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT. The editor-at-large of Non-Stop Metropolis: A New York City Atlas (co-edited by Rebecca Solnit and Joshua Jelly-Schapiro), he is at work on a book on walking.

        Showcase some of our students’ work.

The MassArt Climate Action Plan: a blueprint for our campus, facilities, curriculum, and community to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030 and become leaders in sustainable art and design practice.

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To find out more about the Sustainability Initiative contact Jane D. Marsching, Sustainability Fellow and Director of the Sustainability Minor. Email: jmarsching@massart.edu 


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