Interdisciplinary research-based scholarship at the confluence of contemporary art and the environment.

Ecological Arts at Cornell is an interdisciplinary incubator that promotes the exchange of ideas between contemporary art, culture, and the environment to creatively and critically address environmental concerns on local, regional and global scales.

Borrowing from a wide range of fields, including visual art, ecology, indigenous studies, climate justice, environmental humanities, art history, political ecology and economics and climate science, we promote engaged immersive learning in the field, support undergraduate and graduate research that values art as it interacts with these disciplines, and reach the public through exhibitions, lectures, and interventions.

As part of the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment in the College of Life Sciences and Agriculture at Cornell, students have the opportunity to access state-of-the-art research facilities and interact with cutting edge scientists while engaging in artistic expression.

Featured Exhibition

Picturing a Resilient, Equitable, and Healthy Food Future

Friday, June 7, 2024

Anna Davidson will participate in Picturing a Resilient, Equitable, and Healthy Food Future at CAP Art Gallery in downtown Ithaca, NY during the Ithaca Gallery night. Davidson will be presenting her plant theremin for Friday night only! Come play it!

Like air and water, food has always been a necessity for life. Decisions we make about food affect the resilience of our community, the economic and social well-being of our population, and human and ecosystem health. What stories can we share to light new pathways toward a food future that nourishes us all? This group show highlights work from regional artists that represents their diverse interpretations of food resilience, equity, and health.