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Call For Air Quality Art Exhibit

Thursday, December 11, 2008

California artist Scott Ray Randall is organizing an art exhibit for Earth Day, 2009, focusing specifically on air quality and PM2.5 pollution.

As Scott shares on the project's blog:

“Particulate Matter (PM) in the air can cause or worsen lung disease and heart disease, especially in the elderly and very young. In the USA, tens of thousands of people die prematurely due to PM every year, and countless more suffer. PM is a much more serious problem in developing nations with fewer pollution controls. Please help increase awareness about PM by participating in the mail art exhibition “Particulates Matter”.

PM is divided into two categories - PM up to 10 microns in diameter (PM10) and PM up to 2.5 microns in diameter (PM2.5). As a play on this, artwork should be about 10cm X 10cm or 2.5cm X 2.5cm for 2-D artwork, or about 10cm X 10cm X 10cm or 2.5 cm X 2.5 cm X 2.5 cm for 3-D artwork. Artwork will be exhibited along with a scale model of a human hair (80 cm diameter) to emphasize how tiny these particles are.

Art can be on the theme of PM itself (depicting or made with PM), PM sources (diesel exhaust, wood smoke, industry, etc.), the health effects of PM (asthma, heart attack, stroke), or artwork can simply be ‘a breath of fresh air’ (no theme, but still meeting size requirements). Any technique may be used – collage, photography, drawing, painting, artist’s stamps, sculpture, assemblage, and so on. All art received will be posted on this blog.

An exhibition is to be held in Sacramento, CA on Earth Day 2009. Documentation will be provided online. Other exhibitions and future publication of material is possible depending upon opportunities and the response to this call. No jury, no fee, no returns. Please send art with your name, address, and email to:

Scott Ray Randall
21294 Leslie Drive
Grass Valley, CA 95945

Deadline to be received is March 31, 2009.”

The Pennsylvania DEP monitors both ozone (O3) and PM2.5 levels in the air and issues daily updates and forecasts Air Quality Action Days when levels of either pollutant are deemed unhealthy. The Air Quality Partnership of Lehigh Valley - Berks exists to educate the public about these issues and to help improve regional air quality by reducing ground-level ozone and fine particulate pollution.