By Joanne Higgins

On the Rise is the newest exhibition by Culturally Arts Collective, an international non-profit organization working to democratize the art world. The exhibition, focuses on climate justice and the growing need for global change. It also highlights the effects of climate change on a global scale.

Waves crash into an abandoned house in a Simonet village north of Pekalongan which residents say was hundreds of meters from the beach just 10-12 years ago on June 4, 2021, in Pekalongan, Central Java, Indonesia.

The exhibition showcases the work of international artists as they attempt to communicate their thoughts and emotions about Climate Change using the medium of contemporary art. The exhibition features the work of 14 artists from across the globe – Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and North America.

Their work covers topics such as global warming, rising sea levels, consumption, single-use plastics, male influences on sustainability, wildlife and habitat deterioration.

On display is work from Devan Horton, a Kentucky native whose work poses the question, how will future generations view how we lived? Also, exhibiting is OLE, a Filipino-American artist who focuses on human consumption. While Jenna Strouth from San Francisco uses her art to repair the emotional and intellectual gap between humans and nature. Katerina Tsebro from Dubai uses photography to track the deterioration of animal habitats and Garry Lotulung uses art to probe the issue of rising sea levels, in Jakarta, Indonesia. Kerryanne Torres, from California is an island lover and was motivated to use art as a medium to focus on the destruction wrought by rising sea levels.

All artworks can be viewed at the Milostka Center for Exhibitions, Culturally Arts Collective’s online gallery house that uses 3-D, virtual reality, 360 Degree exhibition rooms. This allows for an innovative, immersive, experience which improves accessibility and representation in the arts.

Since the foundation of Culturally Arts Collective in 2020 their mission has been to provide free arts education, exhibition and community outreach to individuals passionate about the arts. They aim to provide diverse representation in the arts to build a more global platform for artists focusing on art as visual activism and art as community activation.


With thanks to Connor Lane @culturallyarts

Artists – Kerryanne Torres @kerryanntorres, Garry Lotulung, Katerina Tsebro, Jenna Strouth @jennaess, OLE @olexolexole_artonly, Devan Horton @hortondevan



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