Wagner, David | August 16, 2019 | Leave a Comment

MOBRO: High Seas Drifterby Scott Greene
2015, Oil on Ca | Do you remember the MOBRO? The infamous garbage barge back in the early 80’s that couldn’t find a friendly port? It travelled from the Fresh Kills landfill on Staten Island, a borough of New York City, as far south as Belize and then back - paranoia over potential bio-hazards during the early stages of the AIDS epidemic kept it moving on.

ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT II is a traveling museum exhibition, the purpose of which is 1.) to recognize, document, and share the work of leading contemporary artists who chose to focus their work on global as well as local environmental issues; and 2.) to heighten public awareness and concern about the intentional or unintentional consequences of human action or inaction, through the power of this art.  It grew out of ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT I which traveled to ten venues coast-to-coast from 2013 to 2016. 

ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT II is scheduled to travel to eight venues from 2019 to 2022 with the premiere in St. Petersburg, Florida on August 23 during the height of the hurricane season which, needless to say, has been on a volatile upswing corresponding to climate change in recent years.

MAHB is pleased to announce that exhibiting artists will be submitting essays about their environmental artwork throughout the course of the exhibition tour and will be published in the MAHB Blog series. 

To produce ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT II, Curator David J. Wagner, Ph.D., drew upon various artists who exhibited work in ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT I, plus two new artists.  Together these form a range of top-tier professionals whose masterpieces are not only pictorially hard-hitting, but also ideologically compelling to the point where they possess the power to propel concern about the environment in the age in which we live. Exhibiting artists include:



(Alphabetical by Last Name)
Arnold, Chester, Sonoma, CA
Bateman, Robert, Fulford Harbour, BC, Canada
Ferguson, Walter W., (b. 1930, New York, d. 2015, Israel)
Freda, Britt, Burton, WA 

Frost, Jeff (Palms Springs, CA)
Ganz, Sayaka Kajita, Yokohama, Japan (now USA)
Goin, Peter, Reno, NV
Greene, Scott, Bernalillo, NM

Hackenberg, Karen, Port Townsend, WA
Harvey, Guy, Grand Cayman, BWI
Helsaple, Mary, Sedona, AZ
Johnson, Cole, Deposit, NY
Lebofsky, Lisa, Accord, NY
Meilahn, Michael (Mick), Pickett, WI
Osborne, Leo, Anacortes, WA
Pas, Rick, Lapeer, MI
Santora, Carol, Lyman, ME
Stupich, Martin, Albuquerque, NM
Volpe, Christopher, Portsmouth, NH
Ullberg, Kent, Corpus Christi, TX
Walter, Bart, Westminster, MD
Woolf, Suze, Seattle, WA 

Seven visionary museums from throughout the nation and Canada have subscribed host the exhibition.  Additional venues may be added.


August 24 – December 1, 2019

The James Museum
St. Petersburg, Florida

January 25 – May 10, 2020
The North Carolina Arboretum
Asheville, North Carolina

June 7 – September 6, 2020
Dennos Museum Center
Northwestern Michigan College
Traverse City, Michigan

October 1, 2020 – January 31, 2021
Sternberg Museum of Natural History
Fort Has State University
Hays, Kansas

March 1 to June 15, 2021
Alexandria Museum of Art
Alexandria, Louisiana

TBD: July 3 – September 12, 2021

October 9 – December 31, 2021
Museum of The Rockies
Montana State University
Bozeman, MT

February 1 – May 31, 2022
The Robert Bateman Centre
Victoria Harbour Steamship Terminal Building
Victoria, British Columbia


ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT is produced by David J. Wagner, L.L.C. (davidjwagnerllc.com). David J. Wagner is a member of the American Alliance of Museums and International Council of Museums.

Tour updates may be found posted at: davidjwagnerllc.com/Environmental_Impact-Sequel.html

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  • Now, here is the time to look and bear witness. The most powerful and influential self-proclaimed masters of the universe among us are exemplars of the most profound failure of nerve, intellectual honesty and moral courage in the history of the world. They have willfully chosen their role as instigators of a global ecological wreckage, the likes of which only Ozymandias has seen.

  • Christopher Johnson

    What a very good idea.