Winner of The Hudgens Prize!!

Winner of The Hudgens Prize!!

Something incredible has happened that will support my work in an untold multitude of ways – I have been awarded The Hudgens Prize. This prize is a gift made by anonymous donors and bequeathed by the Hudgens Center for the Arts.  It is one of the largest art awards in the US, a cash prize of $50,000 awarded to an individual artist. I am so honored to have been selected from the formidable finalists by the extraordinary jury of curators: Doryun Chong, Museum of Modern Art/NY and newly appointed as…

DIY Beach Cleaning!~ Avithos Beach

DIY Beach Cleaning!~ Avithos Beach

This is a still from my new short film “DIY Beach Cleanup~ Avithos” on Vimeo! In less than 10 minutes I cleaned a 50 meter stretch of gorgeous Avithos beach of 173 pieces of plastic. Try it yourself, its fun, rewarding, and for me, is providing new forensic evidence for my understanding of the dynamic flow and messages of the sea~ DIYbeachClean Avithos-iPhone from Pam Longobardi on Vimeo.

“Seescape” at George Adams Gallery, NY

“Seescape” at George Adams Gallery, NY

“Seescape At George Adams Gallery, NY George Adams Gallery’s summer show is Seescape, curated by Edward Boyer.  Spanning almost a century and a half of painting, drawing and photography, the exhibition explores the evolution of maritime representation from the sublime to the political. The artists included are: Dozier Bell, William Bradford, Vija Celmins, Lynn Davis, Pat de Groot, Chip Hooper, Chris Jordan, Lino Lago, Andrew Lenaghan, Pamela Longobardi, John Marin, Joel Meyerowitz, Fairfield Porter, Charles Seliger, William Trost Richards, Adam Straus, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Dan Torop and Worthington Whittredge. “…The sea has also…

Rally for Drifters Project Kefalonia 2013: Phase 3!!

Rally for Drifters Project Kefalonia 2013: Phase 3!!

In 2012, we cleaned a massive sea cave of over 3000 pieces of plastic. In 2013, we want to clean an entire port.   I’m leading the Rally for Drifters Project Kefalonia, and I think you will be inspired by this campaign. Please take a moment to check it out. Join this Rally with me: https://rally.org/driftersprojectkefalonia Rally.org is a storytelling platform designed to empower users to fundraise and build social awareness on a large scale. Drifters Project/Kefalonia, Phase 3, Port Excavation proposes an expansion of Phase 1 (2011 exhibition and…

GYRE Expedition Updates and Gallery

GYRE Expedition Updates and Gallery

June 8, 2013 – Gore Point, Gulf of Alaska By 6:30 am, after the 9 hour passage from Seward in pitching 6 Ft+ swell, we stirred from bed to find ourselves in a glass-flat cove in complete silence. Full of asparagus frittata by the remarkable Norseman chef Aaron, we began mustering for our first beach landing at Gore Point. This particular location is achingly scenic, a beachhead strewn with a massive log berm studded with large blocks of styrofoam, the giant black buoys of tsunami debris and a shipwreck; slivery…

GYRE expedition sets sail tomorrow: Nat Geo is doing a feature!!~

GYRE expedition sets sail tomorrow:  Nat Geo is doing a feature!!~

You know you are in Alaska when the only bird you see is an enormous bald eagle flying right overhead…in downtown Anchorage…and its brilliantly sunlit at 10:00pm at night~ The crew is amassing:  Kip Evans and JJ Kelly have been out shooting B-roll all day, Mark Dion is scouting for birds, Andy Hughes arrives sometime tonight en route from the UK, and I am assembling my gear for the 7am bus to Seward and then, we set sail.  The Norseman is undergoing final preparations in Resurrection Bay.  Tonight we meet…

GYRE Expedition sails in June!~

GYRE Expedition sails in June!~

After more than 3 years in development, the GYRE expedition will sail in June 2013!!!!  Departing from Seward, Alaska and following along remote coasts of Kodiak Island and the upper Aleutian islands, the research vessel Norseman  will travel for 10 days with a crew of artists, scientists, policy makers and crew to discover, research, and gather the vast amounts of plastic waste on these shores.  After two scouting missions in 2010 and 2011, I can report untold amounts of material from all over the world on beaches so remote humans rarely…

Named Finalist for Hudgens Prize!~

Named Finalist for Hudgens Prize!~

Longobardi named one of 4 finalists for the prestigious $50,000 Hudgens Prize! The finalists were chosen from a pool of 370 applicants by Doryun Chong, associate curator at the Museum of Modern Art in New York; Toby Kamps, chief curator of the Menil Collection in Houston; and Heather Pesanti, senior curator at AMOA/Arthouse in Austin and until recently curator at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York. The $50,000 Hudgens Prize will be awarded by the jury based on studio visits and the works exhibited in the Hudgens Prize…

Story in the numbers

Story in the numbers

Part of the project of cleaning the cave was conducting a forensic study on the totality of the materials inside. As each geographic location has its own character, each beach cleaning creates a portrait of that location, its culture, its industry, its values. The contents of the sea cave create a similar story. The following are the total tallies of each and every individual plastic object that was taken from the cave. 1310 pieces of Styrofoam (polystyrene), ball-type, white or black 320 PETE plastic beverage bottles 118 pieces of compressed…