French and U.S. Artists’ Responses to Climate Change, 2015-2018

Emily Wieder, Elizabethtown College

INT 465 Capstone in International Studies, SCAD 2019


Evaluating the link between art and politics, this paper traces the development of environmental art in France and the United States since the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP 21) in 2015. First, this essay presents a methodology, a literature review, and the theories behind this subject. Then, to contextualize the art examples, this essay summarizes each state’s governmental structure and cultural principles. Finally, referencing three French and three U.S. projects as well as related legislation, this essay discusses artists’ varied forms of and successes with activism.