WhiteHouse Office of Science and Technology Policy Announces National Climate Assessment Art Submission AwardWinners
Ninety-two artists from across the nation will have their work featured in the upcoming Fifth National Climate Assessment (NCA5). This work harnesses the power of art to advance the national conversation around climate change.
Today, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) announced the top five award winners of Art x Climate, the first-ever call for visual art for the fifth National Climate Assessment (NCA5). Acknowledging the need for broad engagement to address the urgent climate crisis, and recognizing the power of art to shape and drive conversations across issues, Art x Climate invited artists to explore the themes of NCA5 by visualizing climate change in the United States.
“Art has the power to make abundantly clear how climate change is threatening the people and places we love, our livelihoods, and our economy,” said Allison Crimmins, Director of the Fifth National Climate Assessment. “Importantly, art also has the power to motivate action, and to spur creative responses to the most pressing challenges. We are grateful for and inspired by all the amazing submissions we received from talented artists across the country!”
Background on Art x Climate Led by OSTP and the U.S. Global Change Research Program, Art x Climate received more than 800 submissions from every corner of the nation. The effort seeks to highlight new perspectives and broaden the growing community of people working towards climate solutions. Finalists were separated into youth (ages 13 to 17) and adult categories, and works were selected by a panel of experts at the art-environment interface. The jury panel evaluated the submissions against criteria such as originality, creative design, and consistency with climate science. The award winners’ work will be featured in the upcoming NCA5 alongside 87 additional finalists, including 10 youth artists, whose original pieces were selected for inclusion in the report. The full gallery of selected art will be available when NCA5 is published later this year.
Tammy West (Austin, TX) – “Keep it Together” Medium: Site-specific environmental art
Simona Clausnitzer (Port Townsend, WA) – “In the Eye of the Storm” Medium: Linocut
Amelia K. (Pennington, NJ, 10th grade)– “Cautionary tale” Medium: Gouache
Ritika S. (Concord, NC, 8th grade)– “Redrawing The Earth” Medium: Colored pencil
More on the National Climate Assessment: The National Climate Assessment is the preeminent source of climate information for the United States, mandated by the Global Change Research Act of 1990. This report assesses the science of climate change, its impacts, and options for reducing present and future risk. It evaluates climate impacts across a wide range of interests, including water, forests and ecosystems, coasts and oceans, agriculture and rural communities, the built environment, energy and transportation, health and air quality, and economic and social systems. The Fifth National Climate Assessment is expected late 2023. Learn more at: https://www.globalchange.gov/nca5.