What Will Nature Do?

Call to Artists

An Art+Science project emphasizing the positive aspects of climate change.

This call is to artists of all media and levels of experience, who are interested in the communication of the science of climate change through the arts.

Deadline for Submissions: August 1, 2021

Work in Progress Artist Meet-up Zoom Recording

Exhibition Dates:  September 30-November 13, 2021

The Arts Center seeks to be equitable and inclusive.

Submissions will be accepted in online digital format only. To request accommodation assistance to support your submission to this show, please contact hester@theartscenter.net, or 541-754-1551, Ext 658 before July 29, 2021. 


In the fall of 2021, The Arts Center will host the exhibit What Will Nature Do?  a collaboration with guest curator Dr. Dominique Bachelet. Dr. Bachelet is a senior climate change scientist and associate professor at Oregon State University, as well as an artist and a member of The Arts Center’s Exhibition Committee.

Dr. Bachelet has curated a roster of climate change scientists from all over the country. Prior to the deadline for submissions, artists will participate in the scientists’ presentations and discussions on the positive and hopeful aspects of their research to inspire their artwork created for the exhibit. It is an exciting opportunity to distance ourselves from the standard doom and gloom messages and gather a deeper insight into the complexities and opportunities of climate change.

See List of Lectures and More Inspiration Here

Each lecture included a Q&A session that can be used as a starting point for artwork. Recordings can be found here.

For artists wanting to participate in the show, viewing a couple of the lectures is a pre-requisite. NOTE: Artwork created for What Will Nature Do? does not need to be limited to these specific areas of research.

Dr. Dominique Bachelet is a senior climate change scientist and associate professor at Oregon State University with over 38 years of education and work in the fields of climate change, fire, and ecology. She has worked to make science more accessible by creating web-based resources with various scientific organizations.

Artwork Selection Guidelines:

  • Selected artworks will show a direct connection with climate change science and/or to a presentation from the roster of scientists involved in this project. 
  • Selected artists will have also included a short statement about their artwork to make help make the art+CC science connection accessible to audiences. (Artworks in contemporary and/or time-based forms may have additional submission requirements.)
  • A small number of artists will be invited.  The larger number of artists in this group show are asked to apply to be selected. 
  • The selection panel includes Dr. Bachelet and Dr. Jerri Bartholomew, Dept. of Microbiology, OSU, and artist. Coordination will be by experienced Curator, Hester Coucke.
  • We encourage a diverse selection of artists to apply, including artists from traditionally or currently underserved communities including (but is not limited to): artists from rural communities, emerging artists, artists from communities of color, LGBTQ+, artists who are self-taught, as they face the highest stakes in issues of sustainability of our planet and issues of environmental and climate justice.
  • We welcome artists regardless of citizenship status, color, familial status, gender identity or expression, religious observance, sex, sexual orientation, and sources or level of income.

Media:  All Media Eligible

  • Traditional “pigment-based” two-dimensional artwork from painting through photography and “material based” three-dimensional artwork are also welcome. 
  • Time-based media, such as performance, dance, interdisciplinary social practice and written/spoken word (poetry, fiction). Submissions need to be in MP3 or MP4 video format with an approx. duration of two (2) minutes. Work will be looped on a large size flat screen monitor and shared via The Arts Center’s YouTube channel.
  • Animation and original video art in MP3 or MP4 format will be looped and shared in a similar way on a gallery monitor and online.
  • Contemporary art forms such as installation artworks, interdisciplinary social practice, biomimicry design, etc., need to include a short description of how to best exhibit and document the work for the public. 
Dates to Remember
Feb 18 – June 8, 2021Climate Change Science Researcher Lectures via Zoom | Curated by Dr. Dominique Bachelet

– Each lecture will include a Q&A session that can be used as a starting point for artwork and will be recorded for later viewing.

– Everyone is invited to participate in these informative lectures, even if you are not planning to create artwork for the show.

– Viewing a couple of the lectures is a prerequisite to artist participation in the art exhibition.

– Artwork created for What Will Nature Do? does not need to be limited to these specific areas of research.  

– The lecture series is two parts:
. What Will Nature Do? Lecture Series Part One: Climate change Scientists and Their Research
. What Will Nature Do? Lecture Series Part Two: Artists and Their Artistic Practices with Science: Lessons Learned During the Process

All Lectures Are FREE.  Your donation in support of this art+science project appreciated!
June 3, 2021Work in Progress Artist Meet-up Zoom Recording
August 1, 2021Deadline for Submissions
Open to all media;  performance, time-based, interdisciplinary and biomimicry welcome as well as pigment and materials-based. 
FMI/Apply Here
July 19, 2021 Artists Notified
September 30-November 13, 2021Art Exhibition, Artwork Documentation, Opportunities for Community Conversations

Questions should be directed to Curator, Hester Coucke, hester@theartscenter.net

Founded in 1963, The Arts Center is the regional arts center for Corvallis, Oregon, with ongoing connections to Oregon State University (OSU). Past collaborative exhibition projects include work with OSU College of Forestry, OSU College of Science, Department of Microbiology, and OSU College of Agriculture. This resulted in artwork created specific to the research of OSU scientists, as well as other researchers and institutions in various fields.

A big Thank You to the What Would Nature Do? Project Sponsor
Windermere Willamette Valley Property Management

Thanks to project support from Dr. Dominique Bachelet and the College of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Biological and Ecological Engineering, and Dr. Jerri Bartholomew, Department of Microbiology, College of Science, Oregon State University.