After many years of teaching at the University of Iowa and working and exhibiting as an abstract painter, Erin left the art world. She pursued her psychology degree and worked in addictions counseling, spiritual healing, and creativity training. Moved by her spiritual practice in both Zen and Christian communities, Erin returned to art making and became involved in environmental activism and building meaningful community. In 2006, Erin integrated her passions and aspirations in the founding of the Green Artists League.
The Green Artists’ League (GAL) is an interdisciplinary collective of artists who have come together to create public art that addresses the global environmental crisis. GAL strives to be a model of community, collaboration, and service. Viewing art as an agent for transformation, GAL engages the public through interactive art experiences. We hope to raise awareness and challenge people to look at their role as part of Nature and their relationship to the environment. Through this increased awarenss, GAL hopes to inspire people to adopt environmentally healthy behaviors and attitudes.
We are also interested in creating work outside of the traditional setting of galleries to jiggle people’s attention when they least expect it and also to create site-specific work that will encourage people to question their habits of perception and behavior and interact with their environment in a new, fresh way.
The Green Artists League is also a forum to explore the relationship of art and ethics and other issues that face the 21 century artist in the era of ecological degradation. By working together to both challenge and support each other intellectually and creatively, we offer a model of collaboration in an often divisive culture. It is our hope the artists and other thoughtful, creative people from other disciplines will join our salon discussions and to collaborate on artistic endeavors.