California Arts Council

State of California

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2018 Juried Exhibition: Hózhó (Beauty and Harmony with Nature)
For Northern CA artists

Today, the environmental movement goes by many names: sustainability, biodiversity, restoration, wilderness, renewables, photovoltaics, among others. All of these are important individually but also can be distilled into one essential theme: beauty.

“The perception of beauty is a moral test,” wrote the movement’s first philosopher, Henry David Thoreau. If one is incapable of perceiving beauty, then they make no effort to protect or preserve it. It may be that Thoreau, Leopold, Jeffers and other environmentalists of the written word have simply been working back to an unwritten concept that preceded them on this continent. The Navajo term hózhó means beauty, and it also means balance, harmony with oneself, with other people, and with the Earth. 

How is this concept of beauty crucial to preserving the natural world? How do we see beauty, not just in untouched landscapes, but manifested in our everyday lives? Does hózhó have the power to save Earth? For Bay Area artists, the David Brower Center’s 2018 juried exhibition will be both a celebration, and an investigation, of hózhó.

Participating artists will be offered a $100 honoraria.

Zenobia Barlow, Executive Director and Co-Founder of Center for Ecoliteracy
Ken Brower, Author
Isabella Kirkland, Artist
Randy Rosenberg, Executive Director and Chief Curator of Art Works for Change
Apsara DiQuinzio, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art and Phyllis C. Wattis Matrix Curator, UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA)

About Us

The David Brower Center is a vibrant nonprofit that inspires, sustains, and brings together people committed to environmental and social action. The Center offers educational and arts programs, stunning conference and event facilities, and high-quality office space for nonprofits — all in the greenest building in Berkeley. It is named to honor David Brower, a Berkeley native who many consider the father of the modern environmental movement.

Since it opened in 2009, the Hazel Wolf Gallery at the David Brower Center has featured exhibitions including the work of Maya Lin, Sebastião Salgado, Richard Misrach, Edward Burtynsky, David Maisel, Chris Jordan, and Amy Franceschini, among others. Each exhibition explores the intersection between art and activism, with an emphasis on inspiring visitors to engage in environmental and social action.

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Artwork Specifications


  • Only existing works will be considered.
  • Artwork will be wall-mounted objects, video or temporary performances or events. 
  • All media will be considered, as long as all objects displayed for the duration of the exhibition are mounted to the wall. 
  • Wall-mounted objects must be between 24” and 72” wide and no more than 12” deep.
  • Works will be ready to hang. Typical works on paper need to be framed or mounted. In some cases, the David Brower Center’s professional installer may modify the artwork’s hanging mechanism in order to attach to the gallery’s custom wall hanging system. 
  • Video will be displayed on one of the Center’s wall-mounted monitors, which can play DVDs and computer files from a thumb drive or digital media player. It may be looped with other artists’ videos. Video should be appropriate for a roving gallery audience, rather than a theater screening. Sound may be experienced only with headphones.
  • Temporary art performances or happenings that are clearly defined may be proposed as part of the exhibition’s event programming. These will occur within a limited time period only, such as one day or part of one day. Scheduling will be determined by the Center with input from the artist.


Deadline: 11-01-2017
David Brower Center
Berkeley, CA

Contact: Laurie Rich
Phone: 510.809.0900 x117

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