What Will Nature Do?

Call to Artists

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: July 1, 2021

Exhibition Dates:  September 30-November 13, 2021

The Arts Center seeks to be equitable and inclusive.

Submissions will be accepted online only. If you have any difficulty with the submission process, please contact hester@theartscenter.net, or 541-754-1551, Ext 658. 


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

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

All lectures are FREE and open to the public. For artists wanting to participate in the show, viewing a couple of the lectures is a pre-requisite.

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.
  • Artists of Color and artists who identify BIPOC are encouraged to apply. In tandem with this exhibit, the project will create opportunities for BIPOC artists and youth who identify BIPOC to share their voices through creative expression, as they face the highest stakes in issues of sustainability.

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 a max 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
February-May 2021Lecture series zoom meetings. Recorded links will be available on Facebook, the Arts Center website and Youtube. Additional lecture series may be added so be sure to follow us.
July 1, 2021Deadline for submissions
July 19, 2021 Notifications
September 22, 2021, 12-5 pmSelected work delivered to Arts Center
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.