New art exhibition at UIC explores societal responses to climate change

Artists participating in a new exhibition on the campus of the University of Illinois at Chicago hope to inspire people to really think about climate change

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Visual artist Cydney Lewis has always been concerned about our planet. 

A lot of the materials she ends up using are found while walking throughout her neighborhood.

“I know that the climate is changing, and it’s going to change, and it’s really about how are we going to be resilient and adapt to the change,” Lew said.

She is one of eight artists featured in a new art exhibition at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Gallery 400 called "Earthly Visions: Inside the Climate Crisis."

"This is something we are all a part of, we’re all living through, and we really think that these artists are showing us the possibilities for what the future might be, how we might rethink what we are doing now," said Lorelei Stewart, gallery director.

Visual artist Jeremy Bolen created an installation that visualizes how the sky might appear if the atmosphere were injected with sulfur to create a cooling effect. Bolen told NBC Chicago that he is concerned about the unintended consequences of our actions or interventions. 

Photographer Terry Evans is showing off a series of prints focusing on a 300-plus year old tree that sits in Jackson Park.

"I think that beauty and nature is an important relationship that we need to remember and connect with as we are experiencing the sorry and the grief and damages of climate change," the photographer said.

Another artist is exploring alternative futures led by indigenous people, and  yet another reconceptualizes caring for the environment. The hope is that, as a society, much needed change can be created.

"These young folks here at UIC are really invested in the question," Stewart said.

“Earthly Visions: Inside the Climate Crisis” is on display at UIC’s Gallery 400 through mid-December. 

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