Published on May 6, 2022

Canary in the Coal Mine: Exhibition and Sale at Arcadia

Eastern Meadowlark © Meredith Broberg
Eastern Meadowlark © Meredith Broberg

Canary in the Coal Mine is a show conceived by Massachusetts-based studio Zea Mays Printmaking to promote awareness of the vast number of avian species that face eradication due to climate change. 

Artists from all over the country were invited to participate by selecting a bird from a long list of bird species currently threatened with extinction and creating a print of it using an upcycled printing plate. The goal is to create a visual reminder of the birds we will lose if action is not taken on climate change, and to celebrate this one facet of our planet’s biodiversity. By re-using printing plates, the artists seek to lessen the impact their process has on the earth’s resources. 

A portion of proceeds from prints sold will be donated to the Mass Audubon Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, as well as funding Zea Mays Printmaking’s Technical Research Program, which investigates, tests, and shares more environmentally sustainable printmaking practices.  

Canary in the Coal Mine is a part of the ongoing multimedia, multi-venue project Extraction: Art on the Edge of the Abyss, which seeks to promote mindfulness in artists about the environmental impact of their work.