Download a copy of the latest Calendar of Events for the Disappearing Frogs Project HERE.
The Disappearing Frogs Project (DFP) was created In 2013 by Charlotte NC-based artist Terry Thirion. The concept is to bring synergy between artists and scientists to the public, communicating the unprecedented global amphibian decline and potential effects of species extinction. Awareness in the community is being raised; hearts of the public are being touched; and the Disappearing Frogs Project is inspiring people to get involved and to take personal action.
In February 2014, The “Disappearing Frogs Project” came to life with a thirty-day multimedia art installation at the Charlotte Art League in Charlotte, NC. More than a hundred artists responded in support of Terry’s call, contributing over 200 original paintings, sculptures and photos. The month-long event included a 25’ wall of unique frog art, another 100+ pieces of children’s art, scientific discussions led by environmental experts from around the country, and an original puppet show starring a cast of frogs artfully raising environmental issues. It was an instant success!
The Disappearing Frogs Project continues to gain both momentum and support. In 2015 the Disappearing Frogs Project partnered with Amphibian Survival Alliance—the world’s largest partnership for amphibian conservation—to raise awareness of global amphibian declines, inspire people to take personal action to protect these incredible species, while also providing a unique opportunity for artists to support amphibian conservation, education and research.
“Art has unique powers to communicate truths and inspire people to action.” ~ Terry Thirion
January 2016 – Disappearing Frogs Project Leaps Into Action in the Triangle and Sandhills in 2016 Art and Science
Disappearing Frogs Project 2016: Sandhills Schedule of Events
Co-Existence: Man and Frog – 2015 mono print by Terry Thirion, DFP founder and artist director. “Our lives are permanently altered each time a species becomes extinct; we can co-exist if we have the will to do so.” DOWNLOAD
Frog Dream – Photograph by Charlotte artist Cordelia Williams. “If we do not listen to the singing of the frogs…Who will notice they have gone?” DOWNLOAD
Fire and Ice: Adapting to Extremes – Edited photos of original pen & ink art by South Carolina artist Gary Williams. “The title references a poem of the same name by Robert Frost; it also evokes the extremes of temperatures caused by climate change.” DOWNLOAD
FROGS: Environmental Indicators – a ceramic vessel by Asheville artist Jennifer Kincaid. Research reveals frogs are an important environmental indicator for changes that affect all life forms. In some of the world’s most pristine places an astounding and unexplainable amount of deformities are occurring in frogs. This urn is etched with malformed frogs…giving pause for cause.” DOWNLOAD
The Pine Barrens Treefrog, – considered by many to be the most beautiful frog in the United States, became North Carolina’s Official State Frog in 2013. The Pine Barrens Treefrog is an inhabitant of longleaf pine forests in the Sandhills and Coastal Plain regions of North Carolina. Once the dominant ecosystem throughout the eastern half of the state, the longleaf pine forest has suffered severe habitat destruction and degradation across its entire range. The lives of Pine Barrens Treefrog are intimately entwined with the longleaf pine and, like the tree, the species has seen significant declines in its population and is listed as a threatened species in North Carolina. (Photograph Copyright Todd Pusser). DOWNLOAD
Terry Thirion – Founder, Artistic Director and Curator –firstname.lastname@example.org
Pam Hopkins – Regional Director of Communications –email@example.com
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We invite professional and emerging artists and art students, who are passionate about art and environmental issues to create art that celebrates amphibians and their environments for upcoming Disappearing Frogs Project Exhibitions.
- Practice amphibian-friendly gardening techniques and never use chemical pesticides and herbicides in your garden.
- Become a citizen scientist and collect the data necessary to properly inform amphibian conservation decisions.
- Educate yourself on the issues, threats, efforts underway to protect amphibians and other opportunities for you to make a difference.
Within the US the Alliance is an integral part of our comprehensive fiscal sponsors organization and not a separate legal entity. As such we are able to receive charitable donations and grants available only to tax-exempt organizations. The comprehensive fiscal sponsor is legally and financially responsible for all of our projects and activities. Outside of the US the Alliance is developing additional partnership to help further our work. If you would like to know more about these partnerships please feel free to contact the Alliance.
How We’ve Made A Difference
The Disappearing Frogs Project is proud to have supported the Amphibian Survival Alliance Seed Grant Program. Seed grants are often vital funding sources designed to kick start projects and encourage innovative approaches to addressing conservation issues. Here are two of the latest projects which your donations have helped make a reality!
- January 2017 – Disappearing Frogs Appearing at FRANK Gallery
- May 2016 – Wake County helps promote recycling through art
- April 2016 – NC’s Disappearing Frogs Project seeks help beating global threat
- April 2016 – Take Kids to See Disappearing Frogs Project at Triangle Museums
- February 2016 – The Disappearing Frogs, interview with Jeff Beane and Robin Moore on WUNC 91.5 The State of Things hosted by Frank Stasio
- February 2016 – Artists create a link in the Disappearing Frogs Project
- February 2016 – Artists unite to raise awareness of endangered frogs
- February 2016 – Dr. Robin Moore Speaks at Bookshop as Part of ‘Disappearing Frogs’ Events
- February 2016 – Disappearing Frogs at the Crafts Center
- February 2016 – Disappearing Frogs Project: On a mission to use the power of art for the preservation of amphibians
- February 2016 – It’s time to appreciate amphibians at Raven Rock State Park in Harnett County
- January 2016 – PineStraw Magazine, Page 17 – Pine Pitch section – Painted Frogs
- January 2016 – Walter Magazine – Spotlight: Hop to it
- January 2016 – Our Disappearing Amphibians
- January 2016 – Turning Art into Awareness: Disappearing Frogs Exhibit Comes to the Sandhills
- December 2015 – For NC State Faculty – Connecting NC State courses to the arts
- November 2015 – Crafts Center To Host Exhibit On World’s ‘Disappearing Frogs’
- October 2015 – The Disappearing Frogs Project Leaps into Action to Fund Amphibian Conservation Seed Grants
- October 2015 – Artists Asked to ‘Leap Into Action’ for Upcoming Art Exhibit
- October 2015 – The North Carolina Herpetological Society Newsletter
- February 2014 – ‘Disappearing Frogs Project’ raises awareness, rallies community
Terry Thirion lives in Charlotte, NC. She grew up in Belgium among farmlands and spent a lot of time at building worksites since her father was a master stone carver. She was exposed to sculpting and gothic art from an early age. Some of that influence is reflected in her shapes and forms. She produces her work in her studio in Charlotte or creates works on the edge of the Laurel River in Hot Springs, NC. She studied and graduated from the Parmentier School of Design in Brussels Belgium. She attended the Arts Academie in Leuven Belgium and Broward Community College in S. Florida. Learn more by visiting www.terrythirion.com.
“Terry Thirion’s art is most compelling and her vision to educate the community on amphibians is inspiring,” ~ Chuck Millsaps, Minister of Culture, Great Outdoor Provision Co., Raleigh, NC
“I’m pleased to support the DFP with its emphasis on threatened, global amphibian populations through the medium of the arts. This unique synergy is already producing positive results!” ~ JK Miller, Beaufort, NC