Ignite! The Art of Sustainability

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Central Valley Ghost Stories, 2012 Mixed Medium On Canvas 50 X 50 X 6 Inches © Courtesy of the Artist
Ignite! The Art of Sustainability
Curated by: Kate Davies

490 East Union Street
Pasadena, CA 91101
August 11th, 2013 - January 5th, 2014
Opening: August 10th, 2013 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Wed-Sun 12–5; 3rd Thursdays: 5–8
porcelain, photography, mixed-media



The Pasadena Museum of California Art (PMCA) is proud to present Ignite! The Art of Sustainability. Incorporating both historical and contemporary perspectives on the natural and human forces that have shaped the current landscape of California, the exhibition features works by thirteen California artists in varied media who have long focused on issues of the environment and sustainability.


Ignite! The Art of Sustainability was born out of “community dialogues” hosted throughout the state by the Green Museums Initiative Committee of the California Association of Museums. Contemporary artists known for their focus on environmental issues were invited to join scientists, environmentalists, business leaders and museum professionals for conversations that inspired regional collaborations to seek solutions to ecological challenges. Based on this exchange, artists Kim Abeles, Robert Dawson, Sant Khalsa, Judith Lowry, Linda MacDonald, Ann Savageau, and Kim Stringfellow created new works to translate and interpret the complexity of the issues raised. Additional works from artists Penelope Gottlieb, Newton and Helen Mayer Harrison, Gyöngy Laky, Luke Matjas and Daniel McCormick are added to deepen the exploration of California’s ecology at local and regional levels. The artists’ approaches are multidisciplinary, drawing on art, science, spirituality, and social justice.


These thirteen artists communicate a heightened connection to their natural surroundings through rich imagery using a range of media from the traditional (photography and painting) to the unconventional (smog / particulate matter on porcelain). The resulting works highlight the unique traits of California’s ecological regions and the range of extremes present in our state. The exhibition, like the state, is divided into six regions defined by geographical features and population centers: Northern California, Sierra Nevada and Foothills, Central Coast, Central Valley, South Central Coast, and Southland Deserts. While each region faces unique challenges, the exhibition explores topics that cross regional, state, and international boundaries, such as water, which is examined throughout the exhibition.




This traveling exhibition is curated by Kate Davies and will be on view at other institutions throughout the state, including the University of California Merced Library and the Museum of History and Art in Ontario. It was organized by Exhibit Envoy in conjunction with the California Association of Museums’ Green Museums Initiative and is funded by the James Irvine Foundation. For more information about the Green Museums Initiative and the larger Ignite! Museums as Catalysts for Sustainability project, please visit the California Association of Museums website at




This exhibition is supported by the Board of Directors of the Pasadena Museum of California Art.


Saturday, August 10, 2013
Opening Reception
Join us for the opening reception for three new exhibitions.
$5 admission
Free for PMCA members