Visualizing Climate Change Through the Fragile Beauty of Coral Reefs


Free Event
In-person and on Zoom

Tuesday, March 8, 2022
6:00 - 7:00pm (EST) Private Exhibition Viewing & Reception
7:00 - 8:00pm (EST) Artist Talk

Advance registration required.

The Program

Join us virtually on in-person to hear from internationally recognized artist, Courtney Mattison, as she showcases her hand-crafted and intricately detailed ceramic sculptural works. 

The Museum’s Douglas and Cynthia Crocker Endowed Chair for the Chief Curator, Naomi Slipp, will moderate this hour-long discussion as Mattison shares the story of how she arrived at the intersection of art and science, creating monumental artwork for projects around the world aimed at inspiring hope, action, and community engagement. Her work displayed in the museum’s latest exhibition, Turn the Tide: Courtney Mattison, draws on inspiration from human-caused threats and the fragile beauty of coral reefs, and raises awareness for the protection of our blue planet, urging policy makers and the public to conserve our changing seas. 

Turn the Tide: Courtney Mattison is on view at the Museum until May 1st, 2022.

Courtney Mattison

Courtney has been commissioned internationally to create work for permanent collections including those of the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta and Lindblad Expeditions’ National Geographic Endurance ship. Her exhibition history includes solo shows at the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art (2016), the U.S. Department of Commerce headquarters (2011) and the Lux Art Institute, where she was Artist in Residence (2019). Curated group exhibitions include “Fragile Earth” at the Florence Griswold Museum (2019, catalog) and “We the People” at the American Museum of Ceramic Art (2018). In 2020, the United Nations Postal Administration published Mattison’s work on a stamp to commemorate Earth Day.

Born in 1985 and raised in San Francisco, Mattison received an interdisciplinary Bachelor of Arts degree in marine ecology and ceramic sculpture from Skidmore College in 2008 and a Master of Arts degree in environmental studies from Brown University with thesis credits at the Rhode Island School of Design in 2011. Her work has been featured by Smithsonian Magazine, Good Morning America, Oprah Magazine, the BBC and on the cover of Brown Alumni Magazine. She lives and works in Los Angeles.

For more information:
Instagram + Twitter: @CourtneyCoral
Facebook: @CourtneyCoralArt