The Art of Climate Change Science

La Jolla Historical Society
11 February - 21 May 2017

San Diego Central Library Gallery
10 June - 3 September 2017

Weather on Steroids: the Art of Climate Change Science explores the question of consequences, challenges, and opportunities that arise from the changing climate on our planet. The exhibition merges the artistic and scientific to create a visual dialogue about the vexing problem of climate change, explores how weather variability affects the day-to-day life of local communities, and investigates Southern California vulnerability to climate change. It draws on the region’s scientific expertise at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, whose La Jolla-based investigators are at the forefront of climate research, reflecting on humanity’s role in our changing environment, and envisioning new possibilities for a sustainable future. Science serves as the inspiration for the creative responses from visual artists, who merge subjective images with empirical observation to reveal how climate variations upset the planet’s balance with extreme weather impacts. By illuminating the reality of climate change, Weather on Steroids aspires to proactively stimulate public dialogue about one of the most important issues of our time.

Participating artists include Tiersa Cosaert, Judit Hersko, Cheryl E. Leonard, Dana Montlack, Lilleane Peebles, Oscar Romo, M. Luna Rossel, Eva Struble, Paul Turounet, Ruth Wallen, and Allison Wiese.

Contributing scientists include Michel Boudrias, Michael Dettinger, Alexander Gershunov, Kristen Guiguis, Ralph Keeling, Manfredi Manizza, Art Miller, Walter Munk, David Pierce, Richard Somerville, and Shang-Ping Xie.

Organized by Tatiana Sizonenko with Science Consultant Alexander Gershunov.

Major support for this exhibition provided by Climate Education Partners (CEP), which is funded by the National Science Foundation, and by The Ray Thomas Edwards Foundation, Donald G. Yeckel, Chairman. Additional support provided by the Samuel I. & John Henry Fox Foundation, the Florence Riford Fund of the San Diego Foundation, Walter and Mary Munk, Jeffrey and Joy Kirsch, and ArtWorks San Diego.

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Allison Wiese are UC San Diego Department of Visual Arts MFA Alumni. For more about their work, please visit:

Ruth Wallen

Allison Wiese

Tatiana Sizonenko is an UC San Diego Department of Visual Arts Ph.D. Alumna in Art History, Theory, and Criticism:

Image courtesy of Artist Marcela Paz Luna Rossel and La Jolla Historical Society, CA.