Moving Art director Louie Schwartzberg will receive the American Visionary Art Museum’s highest honor, the Grand Visionary Award on August 2.
Louie’s work will be on display at the museum through January 2021, part of its 25th original mega-exhibition, “The Secret Life of Earth.”
In this video, American Visionary Art Museum founder and director Rebecca Hoffberger takes you on a video tour through the exhibit, including Louie’s work.
A One-of-a-Kind Digital Conference
As part of that prestigious award, Louie will give a keynote speech at the upcoming Logan Visionary Eco-Conference.
Register for the free digital event today—space is limited!
The conference commemorates the 50th anniversary of the original Earth Day celebration, and the event will feature globally-respected climate scientists, researchers, agronomists, and other earth activists. The guests include:
Julia Butterfly Hill: Famed environmental champion, author, visionary eco-futurist
Tamara Toles O’Laughlin: Advocate for people and planet. North American Director at 350.org
Steven Kaii-Ziegler: Anne Arundel County head of Office of Planning and Zoning gives a Maryland climate change impact update
Pablo Suarez: Red Cross Climate Center’s Associate Director for Research and Innovation and master collaborator uniting global artists and leading climate scientists
Liliana Jaramillo: Scientist, founder of Nativus Vegetación, and UN Young Champions of the Earth awardee
Expressing Nature’s Intelligence Through Visionary Art
The American Visionary Art Museum exhibit brings together global earth science researchers and indigenous devoted land stewards. It reflects “the rapidly changing state of our earth while providing insight into the disruption of the delicate balances which permit all life to flourish.”
Above all, the exhibit will help viewers understand and respect the preciousness of our planet. The exhibit focuses on nature’s intelligence, reminding us of the power of pollination, ecosystem balance, and even birdsongs!
“How many of you have ever noticed how happy bird song sounds in spring?” asked American Visionary Art Museum founder and director Rebecca Hoffberger during that video tour, explaining how scientific research has compared growth between seeds exposed to birdsong and seeds that are not exposed to birdsong.
“If you play recordings of these happy spring bird songs, you will find again and again that those seeds will grow exponentially larger … It’s almost as if the birds are like the cheerleaders of nature.”
What Is Visionary Art?
During the museum tour, you also get to see the great visionary artist Alex Grey’s “Planetary Prayer.”
Alex wrote this excellent definition of visionary art:
“The artist’s mission is to make the soul perceptible. Our scientific, materialist culture trains us to develop the eyes of outer perception. Visionary art encourages the development of our inner sight. To find the visionary realm, we use the intuitive inner eye: The eye of contemplation; the eye of the soul. All the inspiring ideas we have as artists originate here.”
Explore Alex Grey’s world in this special Moving Art video feature with visionary artists Alex and Allyson Grey.
Through a tour of the Chapel of Sacred Mirrors (The Grey’s Art church) the artists discuss, life, death, art, mushrooms, and the mycelial web that weaves the universe together. Grey talks about the power of mycology in artwork.
You can learn more about visionary art in the Fantastic Fungi film. Watch it tonight!