Sensing Change

Sensing Change, CHF's newest exhibit, challenges us to see our environment with fresh eyes.

The artists represented in Sensing Change draw inspiration from scientific investigations, historical accounts, and direct observations of the natural world. Their art invites us to explore and respond to both daily shifts in our environment and long-term climate change.

Sensing Change asks us to consider what motivates artists and scientists to observe and investigate our environment. How do creative professionals in both fields make visible largely invisible processes, such as wind patterns and air quality? What methods and instruments have been used to sense shifts in our climate over time?

Visit the Sensing Change microsite for information about related programming, interviews with featured artists, oral histories of atmospheric scientists, and the stories behind instruments that measure environmental change.

Artists Featured in Sensing Change

Vaughn Bell

Diane Burko

Roderick Coover

Katie Holten

Stacy Levy

Eve Mosher

Andrea Polli

Fernanda Viégas and Martin Wattenberg

Scientists Featured to Date (more oral histories ongoing)

Ronald C. Cohen, Director, Berkeley Atmospheric Science Center, University of California, Berkeley

Kenneth J. Davis, Professor of Meteorology, Pennsylvania State University

Peter DeCarlo, Assistant Professor, Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering, Drexel University

Jose-Luis Jimenez, Associate Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Colorado 

Murray V. Johnston III, Professor, Chemistry, University of Delaware

Alastair Lewis, Professor of Chemistry, University of York (forthcoming)

Mario J. Molina, Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of California, San Diego, and President, Mario Molina Center for Strategic Studies in Energy and the Environment 

Deb Niemeier, Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California, Davis

A.R. Ravishankara, Director, Chemical Sciences Division, Earth System Research Laboratory, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Boulder, Colorado 

Pieter P. Tans, Senior Scientist, Earth System Research Laboratory, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Boulder, Colorado 


It takes many generous supporters to make a large-scale project like Sensing Change a reality. CHF would like to express gratitude to

  • The Dow Chemical Company
  • Public Health Fund
  • Daniel Dietrich Foundation
  • Crystal Trust
  • Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission

Additionally CHF acknowledges U.S. Trust for companion programming and event sponsorship.

CHF also recognizes Kathryn Hach-Darrow’s important support of exhibits in the Clifford C. Hach Gallery at CHF.



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