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Third Coast Disrupted Exhibition

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Project ended on August 23, at 11:00 PM CDT
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On the Road with Third Coast Disrupted

May 05, 2021

Andrew S. Yang, Parts-per-million (planetary aspirations) (detail). Photo: Jonathan Castillo


After a successful run in downtown Chicago – made possible with your help – Third Coast Disrupted: Artists + Scientists on Climate is heading to the wilds of Lake County, Illinois. The exhibition will open May 7 at the Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods, in Riverwoods, and will be a centerpiece of Brushwood’s 38th annual Smith Nature Symposium, whose theme is climate justice and healing.

Join us at the virtual opening reception tomorrow, May 6th, at 7 pm!

Brushwood is situated in a conservation area that is both an Illinois Nature Preserve and on the National Register of Historic Places. It is an ideal setting for a science-inspired art exhibition exploring climate change impacts and solutions in the Chicago region – especially when many of the solutions involve natural areas like Brushwood.

If you saw the show while it was at the Glass Curtain Gallery, you’re in for something new at Brushwood, a different type of gallery in a historic home. Some of the artworks have been remade and all are reconfigured for the intimate space.

In the meantime, enjoy a virtual tour of the show in its original form – and make your plans to visit Brushwood.

See some art! Take a hike! Be inspired!

Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods



October 21, 2020

"Great show!" "Profoundly important." 


"So needed and helpful. A beautiful way to start a conversation. Thank you! This is very moving and will stay with me."


"Great way to start a conversation by hitting home." 


"Will this exhibit be traveling to other cities, states, countries? Highly suggested!"


The comments of visitors to Third Coast Disrupted: Artists + Scientists on Climate speak for themselves. The exhibit of newly commissioned, science-inspired artworks is building awareness of climate change impacts and solutions happening in the Chicago area -- and spurring climate action.  


This, despite a pandemic. And for that a special thank you. Not only did you contribute to our crowdfunding campaign, you did so amidst the pandemic. We are especially grateful.


The show is on view at the Glass Curtain Gallery of Columbia College Chicago through October 30. If you haven't seen it, we hope you can stop in. (Safety protocols are in place.) A virtual tour is also in development.


In the meantime, we invite you to our final virtual program tomorrow evening: Getting Around Carbon: New Looks at Transportation Options, sponsored by the Illinois Science & Energy Innovation Foundation. To attend, email


You can also enjoy our past programs and hear from our artists and scientists.


Thank you again for helping to make Third Coast Disrupted: Artists + Scientists on Climate such a success.


Below: Still from River of Shadows, a video by Rosemary Holliday Hall





A Long-Awaited Arrival

September 01, 2020

If ever we have known the power of community, it is now. Community has made Third Coast Disrupted: Artists + Scientists on Climate possible. Thank you for being part of ours and for your generous support of our crowdfunding campaign.


Our exhibit of seven newly commissioned, science-inspired artworks opens next week. We’re excited for you to see it.


We’re also excited for you to take advantage of our public programs, headlined by two talks by renowned climate scientist and communicator Katharine Hayhoe. An energizing and inspiring speaker, Dr. Hayhoe has been named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People, a Champion of the Earth by the United Nations, among many other honors.  


Don’t miss her free talks on September 16 and September 17, with the latter in conversation with Dr. Mika Tosca, a climate scientist at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. And don’t miss our other free programs.


Thanks to you and all our supporters, as well as a remarkable set of partners, Third Coast Disrupted – an agent for change – has arrived.


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