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Focus on Climate Change and Sustainability


September 23 — October 31

Online and in the gallery

Double-click each image to get a bigger view of the art as well as the full artist statement.

Meet the Artists, Saturday, October 23, 1 - 3pm

The gallery is open Thursday through Sunday, from noon to 4pm.

The Athenaeum Gallery invited DC, Virginia, and Maryland artists to explore concepts related to climate change. We were looking for a wide variety of topics and perspectives, but all work accepted into the exhibition will have a common leitmotif: optimism for improving our footprint on the planet. Works that inspire rather than threaten, celebrate rather than scare, and explore new materials and techniques that help present a positive message about climate change and productive ways we can meet the associated challenges.

 Artists were encouraged to consider the theme broadly and creatively. Some of the works accepted into the show might:

  • Reflect today’s opportunities to have a beneficial impact on the future.

  • Inspire, motivate, or educate people to take action in response to climate change.

  • Comment on the fragility or our world.

  • Feature sustainable or repurposed materials, methods, or practices.

  • Identify threats and propose solutions.

  • Explore the philosophical, cultural, and ecological implications of our impact on the environment.


 $3,750 will be given in prizes, through four awards: Best in Show, Honorable Mention, Art Optimism, and Popular Choice.

Viewer's Choice Award

Vote for your Favorite!


Please let us know which piece best reflects ART OPTIMISM …..or just pick your favorite! The winning piece will be eligible for our Viewer's Choice award and a $500 prize.


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