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Paradise Lost Exhibition

Paradise Lost?

Artists on Climate Change in the Northwoods

In May of 2006, 20 artists, 7 scientists and 6 educators met to learn about climate change and the potential role of art in increasing public awareness of science. The artists subsequently created pieces including paintings, sculpture, poetry and music reflecting their perceptions of the science of climate change, its impacts on northern ecosystems and the actions that can be taken now to lessen those impacts.

These pieces were assembled into an exhibit along with related scientific information and visuals.

During the exhibition tour, educators visited middle and high schools in each community prior to the exhibit's arrival, involving students in science and art activities focusing on climate change. Students created artwork to be included with the exhibit in their community. A reception and panel discussion was held in each community at the opening of the exhibit. Local organizations with an interest in climate change were invited and encouraged to hold other related events, using the exhibit as a focal point.

There were three broad themes we used to convey through this exhibit and related educational programs:

  • Global - An overview of climate, historical and recent changes and impacts of greenhouse gases.
  • Regional - What is unique about northern ecosystems, which elements are sensitive to climate changes and what changes can be expected.
  • Actions - Provide an outline of the challenges and also the opportunities to change - how can we reduce our carbon footprint?
  • We will provide ideas of individual actions people can take, simple changes they can make and illustrate the impact of those changes.

NEW! View an online version of the Paradise Lost catalog (PDF, 4MB). The catalog features the entire collection of artists and their work, scientific data and is available for purchase at any of the exhibit stops.

Teaching Climate Change

We are proud to announce Paradise Lost? Teaching About Climate Change in the Great Lakes Region, a dynamic website built to link concepts, activities, videos, art and science together for K-12 teachers. It is a work in progress, but feel free to visit and stop back often!


Click on the title for larger image, artist's statement/bio, and contact information.


It's Just Math
Bonnie Peterson

Support Our Spruce!
jd slack


Ice Messengers
Diana Randolph

Man and Gaia
Marilyn Annin


Moose Running
Joyce Koskenmaki

The LaPointe Treaty of 2006
Howard Paap

Ages 3 and Up: A Puzzle for
Our Children
,  Jamie Young


The Things We Know,
Amy Arntson


What You Can,
Melissa Cooke

Winter's End,
Helen Klebesadel

Scott Pauli


Music Samples

Charles Thomas

Sample 1 in MP3 format (3.9 MB)

Sample 2 in MP3 format (6.3 MB)

Sample 3 in MP3 format (4.8 MB)
Sample 4 in MP3 format (3.8 MB)

Exhibit schedule



  • Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, WI - Jan 12-Feb 8
  • Bell Museum of Natural History, Minneapolis, MN- Feb 16-April 27
  • Wild Rose State DNR Interpretive Center, Wild Rose, WI- May 19-August 15,2008


  • Nicolet Community College, Rhinelander, WI- Feb 16 - March 19
  • Gogebic Community College, Ironwood, MI- March 31-April 19
  • Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center, Ashland, WI- May 5-July 31
  • North Lakeland Disc. Center, Manitowish Waters, WI- August 17-31
  • Omphale Gallery, Calumet, MI- Sept 15-Oct 20
  • Center for the Visual Arts, Wausau, WI- Nov 15 - Dec 28



Project Directors:

Dolly Ledin, Institute for Biology Education, (608) 263-4840 or daledin@wisc.edu

David Mladenoff, Forestry Ecology and Management, and

Exhibit Coordinator:

Terry Daulton, UW Trout Lake Field Station, (715) 476-3530 or tdaulton@centurytel.net

Education Program Coordinator:

Zach Wilson, North Lakeland Discovery Center, Manitowish Waters, (715) 543-2085 or zach@discoverycenter.net

Artistic Advisor:

Leslee Nelson, UW Department of Liberal Studies and the Arts


This project was funded by the Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment and the Wisconsin Arts Board.