THE HEALTHY ART PROGRAM - AN ENERGY SMART EXHIBITION is on display at the San Jose City Hall Windos Gallery on 4th St between Santa Clara and San Fernando in downtown San Jose, CA. The exhibition will be up from March 2012 to October 2012.

Video production by Ryan Wylie

The Healthy Art Program, created by The Art Inspector, is an ongoing project with an art and curatorial focus. The purpose of the project is to assess the energy consumption, material use and environmental impact of art making and to educate artists about lowering their carbon footprints. Five Santa Clara County artists, Therese May, Shannon Amidon, Lori Krein, Genevieve Hastings and Christine Canepa, agreed to participate in an eco-makeover.

The five artists allowed The Art Inspector into their studios to conduct an audit of their art supplies as well as an energy assessment of their working spaces and use of power tools. Based on these assessments,
The Art Inspector made some studio modifications and gave the artists tools to track their
energy consumption.

Additionally, The Art Inspector supplied all of the artists with green art-making materials that have a low carbon footprint, lessening the environmental impact of their work. Some of these included replacing lighting with CFL bulbs, monitoring use of power tools, using natural mineral pigments and non-forest paper products. All of the artworks in The Energy Smart Exhibition feature the new green materials and reflect the transformation of thought, application and practice undergone by each artist.

The transformation of the artists and their work can be tracked through the artists’ blog at artinspector.org.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
Thank you to the following contributors: Ryan Wylie for all video production; Wendy Crockett for all photo production; and Joseph Kirchhof for web development. Thank you to PJ Iver and Shayna Hirshfield, and the Silicon Valley Energy Watch Program. Thanks also go to ZERO1: The Art & Technology Network, for fiscal sponsorship, and to the San José Public Art Program.

by
Danielle Siembieda
The Art Inspector

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