A Nod to the Environmental Artist

by Bill Chameides | April 16th, 2010
posted by Wendy Graber (Researcher)

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Post updated 4/20/2012.

Yes, it’s that weekend.  On Saturday, the Nicholas School honors a distinguished artist with its second lifetime achievement award.

If there is often a disconnect between what Americans say about caring for the environment and how we rate it against other issues, maybe it’s because we’ve lost an important, visceral connection to the natural underpinnings of our world. Creating visceral connections is the purview of the artist, and so last year the Nicholas School established an award to be given to artists who throughout their career had brought the environment into sharp focus.

The first LEAF award, short for Lifetime Environmental Achievement in the Fine Arts, went to Robert Redford for an impressive body of work that promotes the environmental ethic.

LEAF Award Recipients
John Sayles 2012: Writer/filmmaker John Sayles
Barbara Kingsolver 2011: Writer Barbara Kingsolver
Jackson Browne 2010: Singer-songwriter Jackson Browne
Robert Redford 2009: Filmmaker Robert Redford

This year, Duke will be presenting the award to singer-songwriter Jackson Browne, whose music “poignantly interweaves the personal and the political, songs which feature the natural world as a constant presence.” Read more in my post on Browne.

The inscription on the Duke LEAF Award reads: “Given to an artist whose work has lifted the human spirit by conveying our profound spiritual and material connection to the Earth and thereby inspiring others to help forge a more sustainable future for all.”

I’ll be presenting the award on Saturday, April 17, at Page Auditorium on Duke’s campus. If you are in the Durham area, you are welcome to come. Details here. Can’t make the ceremony?  It will be streamed live here.

More info on Browne and his artistic achievements vis-à-vis the environment here.

Post updated 4/20/2012 with new LEAF recipient.


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  1. Cheryl Case
    Apr 21, 2010

    I was at the event and thought it was wonderful. I am now wondering when it will be available for viewing on this site.

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