Women Environmental Artists Directory

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The Women Environmental Artists Directory (WEAD) focuses on promoting environmental and Social justice art. [1] WEAD was founded in 1996 by Jo Hanson, Susan Leibovitz Steinman and Estelle Akamine.[2]

WEAD has been listed among the best projects relating to Environmental art,[3] and has sponsored a number of exhibits about activist eco art.[4] [5] [6]

One of the co-founders, Ms. Steinman, is considered a leader in the eco art field and has participated in roundtables and artists in residences programs,[7] [8] and is listed in the sculptor directory of the International Sculpture Center.[9] Another co-founder, Jo Hanson, was instrumental in founding an EPA Artist in Residence Program, which was aimed at educating the public about recycling. Another of the WEAD co-founders, Estelle Akamine, was also one of the artists in residence.[10] Ms. Akamine's work has also been featured at the Museum of Craft and Folk Art museum store[11] and has lectured at a textile lecture series.[12] All three co-founders were featured in a discussion about women artists of the American West who's art was about current social concerns.[13]

The directory lists a wide variety of Woman artists, such as Marina DeBris, a trashion artist, Betty Beaumont, often called a pioneer of environmental art, and Shai Zakai.

WEAD also published a magazine, which focuses on such topics as dirty water, and the legacy of atomic energy. A recent guest editor was Dr. Elizabeth Dougherty, founder of Wholly H2O, and speaker at events such as Pacific Gas and Electric Company conference on Water conservation[14] and Toulumne County's conference on greywater.[15] Linda Weintraub was a contributor to a recent issue of the WEAD magazine. Ms. Weintraub is the author of well known books on art and activism[16] such as "To Life!"[17] and is an eco art activist.[18]


  1. ^ "About Us". Women Environmental Artists Directory. Retrieved 12/8/2013. 
  2. ^ Leibovitz Steinman, Susan. "JO HANSON: Pioneering Environmental Artist Dies in San Francisco". Green Museum. Retrieved 12/8/2013. 
  3. ^ "Green Arts Web: Artists & Projects". Carnegie Mellon University. Retrieved 12/8/2013. 
  4. ^ "Earthly Concerns, Activist EcoArt curated by WEAD". University of San Francisco. Retrieved 12/8/2013. 
  5. ^ "CONVERGENCE/DIVERGENCE SYMPOSIUM". Los Medanos College. Retrieved 12/8/2013. 
  6. ^ "WEAD East I Women and the Environment". Kingsborough Community College. Retrieved 12/8/2013. 
  7. ^ "Artist Talk with Susan Steinman". Goddard College. Retrieved 12/8/2013. 
  8. ^ "Eco Art Video Salon". Berkeley Arts Center. Retrieved 12/8/2013. 
  9. ^ "Sculptor Susan Leibovitz Steinman". International Sculpture Center. Retrieved 12/8/2013. 
  10. ^ "Recology’s Artist in Residence". US Environmental Protection Agency. Retrieved 12/8/2013. 
  11. ^ "Museum Store". Museum of Craft and Folk Art. Retrieved 12/8/2013. 
  12. ^ Valoma, Deborah. "Textiles Lecture Series Archive". California College for the Arts. Retrieved 12/8/2013. 
  13. ^ Cohn, Terri. "Nature, Culture and Public Space". Purdue University. Retrieved 12/8/2013. 
  14. ^ "2010 Water Conservation Showcase Speakers Save Water by Going Paperless!". Pacific Gas and Electric Company. Retrieved 12/8/2013. 
  15. ^ "Greywater in California: Designing, Managing, Monitoring". TUOLUMNE COUNTY ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH. Retrieved 12/8/2013. 
  16. ^ "Drop Dead Gorgeous: Beauty and the Aesthetics of Activism". UCLA Art Sci Center. Retrieved 12/8/2013. 
  17. ^ "To Life! Eco Art in Pursuit of a Sustainable Planet". University of California Press. Retrieved 12/8/2013. 
  18. ^ Lambe, Claire. "An Interview with Linda Weintraub – Curator of “Dear Mother Nature: Hudson Valley Artists 2012” at The Dorsky". Roll Magazine, Mark Gruber Gallery. Retrieved 12/8/2013.