We Are the Storm

Third Floor Gallery

McColl Center demonstrates its commitment to environmentalism through an annual residency program that provides artists with time and space to investigate ecological issues in collaboration with city organizations and community members. We believe that art and artists can advance the dialogue around environmental concerns and be catalysts for positive change locally and globally.

In our third floor gallery, we present We Are the Storm, the work of our like-minded colleagues at Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative, a decentralized network of artists working in print and design, and CultureStrike, a migrant-led organization that works with a national network of artists to change public sentiment around migration. 

We Are the Storm, installation view at McColl Center for Art + Innovation

Working together, Justseeds and CultureStrike forged partnerships between artists and environmental justice organizations to create this limited-edition print portfolio of twenty-two screen prints and digital prints. These images highlight the disproportionate effect of climate change on the most vulnerable communities around the globe, including migrants and communities of color, and serve as a reminder that the health of the environment is inseparable from the social and economic well-being of all people.

We Are the Storm is evidence of the enduring power of printmaking as a tool of communication and protest. The portfolio draws inspiration from the work of frontline groups that are organizing in impacted communities to achieve a safe and just environment. The prints also focus on what groups are doing to mitigate the accelerating effects of a changing climate, such as extreme weather, rising sea levels, and increasing temperatures. 

At the heart of this portfolio is the belief that art has the power to move the climate conversation in a new direction by lifting up the voices of marginalized communities and engaging artists who might not otherwise have seen themselves, individually or collectively, as agents of change.

Featured artists: Agana, Micah Bazant, Kevin Caplicki, Thea Gahr, Thomas Greyeyes, Nicolas Lampert, Fernando Marti, Colin Matthes, Mazatl, Nicolas Medina, Roger Peet, Gilda Posada, Jesse Purcell, Pete Railand, Favianna Rodriguez, Julio Salgado, Meredith Stern, David Tim, Rommy Torrico, Mary Tremonte, Erin Yoshi, Bec Young


Open House
Thursday, September 14, 2017, 6–9 p.m.
Join us for the opening of our fall exhibitions and an opportunity to meet our fall artists-in-residence in their studios. Live DJ set, refreshments, and a cash bar. Free.

Community Pie Social
Saturday, September 16, 2017, 3–5 p.m.
Bring a fresh-baked sweet or savory pie to share with others, and gather to talk about who we are as individuals and where we are as a city and a nation. This event features New Orleans–based chef and writer Tunde Wey joins Rodrigo Valenzuela facilitating a conversation about migration and anti-immigration sentiments.