In Danger (or, you should really..)


Entry Deadline: Oct. 1

916 Springdale Road
Austin, TX 78702

Art.Science.Gallery. is seeking submissions of artworks for a group art exhibition about critically endangered species. This exhibition seeks to highlight the alarming rate of species decline and extinction worldwide, caused directly and indirectly by human impacts, and what we can do about it. Today’s extinction rate is estimated to be between 1,000 and 10,000 times higher than the natural extinction rate, with an estimated 150-200 species going extinct every 24 hours! This is the highest rate of biodiversity loss since the dinosaurs went extinct 65 million years ago, and is now being called the 6th Mass Extinction or the Anthropocene Extinction. We are seeking artworks that help tell the story and conservation science about plants, animals and fungi on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, in the Critically Endangered (CE) category. This exhibit has three main goals:

1) Visualize the immediacy and magnitude of CE species issues
2) Remember extinct species through an altar of remembrance
3) Motivate visitors to take action through education, personal behavior, and advocacy.

Artwork Requirements:
• Artwork must address endangered species issues for plants, animals, and fungi on the IUCN Red List, Critically Endangered (CE) category. These are species that are at immediate risk of extinction in the wild.
• In keeping with the gallery’s mission to engage the public in the sciences through visual arts, works must incorporate or be inspired by scientific information or study. Straightforward portraits of CE organisms are not sufficient to meet our goal to communicate science. To date, there have only been a handful of art exhibitions on this topic, which have presented beautiful portraits of species at risk of extinction. While these are certainly inspiring, we propose an exhibition with more bite. One with a mission to promote conservation science and address the immediacy and magnitude of endangered species issues.
• In the submission form, we ask that artists suggest solutions or actions that everyday people can take away from the exhibit that will help solve the problem presented in the artwork. For example, is there a specific group working to solve the problem? Is there a solution or conservation initiative or action that the viewer can take to help solve the problem addressed in the artwork?

Applicants may submit up to 3 works or proposed works for consideration by completing the application package available at

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