Engaging with Species Loss in the Bay Area

On the Edge: Connecting with Rare, Threatened, and Endangered Species of the Bay Area

On the Edge is a social practice outreach project in collaboration with my UC Santa Cruz students and various bay area communities. We are in the midst of a major extinction event that we are experiencing globally and locally. 

To understand local impacts we visited numerous University of California Natural Reserves with student artists to study and illustrate bay area threatened organisms. This work culminated with the publication “On the Edge: An Illustrated Guide to the Rare, Threatened, and Endangered Species of the CA Central Coast”, edited by myself, Trent Pearce, and Veronica Yovovich, with contributions from 17 students. The book project is paired with a pop-up relief printmaking project for community engagement and has been exhibited at the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History, and the Norris Center for Natural History (with upcoming events at the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History and the Cal Academy of Science).

Books are available for purchase (proceeds support art-science program development) at the Norris Center for Natural history, the Museum of Art and History, and the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History.

Events:

Cal Academy of Science, San Francisco, CA, April 16th, 2020

Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History, Santa Cruz, CA, Dec 6th, 2019

Norris Center for Natural History, UC Santa Cruz, CA, Nov 14th and 15th  2019 

Book release! Museum of Art and History, Santa Cruz, CA, Nov 10th 2019

Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose, CA, Aug 2nd, 2019