Art and science team up to highlight extinction threat

The Disappearing Frogs Project (DFP), in partnership with the Amphibian Survival Alliance (ASA), is bringing environmental awareness events to the Triangle and Sandhills region beginning in February 2016. DFP—a grassroots environmental art project—invites professional and emerging artists to create and submit artworks to support the mission of raising awareness of the global decline of frogs and other amphibians.

In its 3rd annual art exhibition, the DFP expands its reach with nine unique art venues spanning 90 days in six different N.C. counties.

Frogs are a visible and audible link to the well-being of our environment, and North Carolina’s amphibian diversity is among the highest in the world. They also play a critical role in the health of the global ecosystem. However, one-third of amphibian species have gone extinct in the past 30 years. From February through mid-May 2016, DFP will use art as a vehicle to communicate to the public this important message: Amphibians are critical to the health of our planet and ultimately to the health of humankind.

“This project gives artists an opportunity to support grassroots amphibian conservation, education and research by taking personal action to visually communicate this extinction threat,” says founder and artist Terry Thirion. “Then we take it one step further and invite scientists to give public presentations about frogs, amphibians and environmental issues relevant to their research.”

DFP has put out a call for artists who would like to participate in this important awareness effort. For more information, go to

Local and regional artwork will fill the exhibition spaces with distinctive pieces displayed from around the country and Canada. Mediums can include works on paper, photography, clay, jewelry, and more. Brady Beck, N.C. wildlife biologist and nature photographer, is one of many who has already donated his artwork to the exhibit. Beck’s work includes a unique video capturing wildlife portraits and behaviors found in our North Carolina Longleaf pine forests. The performance arts also on the rise for 2016 as authors, poets, and musicians participate at various venues.

The DFP has a full schedule of activities in the Research Triangle area and the Sandhills beginning Feb. 1 – May 14, 2016 including a special Earth Day celebration on April 22. Science presentations, films, and several children-specific events round out the roster.  Most events are free.

Join us at the NC State University Crafts Center at 210 Jensen Drive, Raleigh, NC for the opening art exhibit and sale on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. Brian Malow, science contributor at Raleigh’s N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences, will host this event. Refreshments will be provided and is open to the public.

For schedule of activities and more information about the DFP go to

Contact: Pam Hopkins, or 919-602-0306

Photo: “Frog Dream” by Charlotte artist Cordelia Williams. “If we do not listen to the singing of the frogs…Who will notice they have gone?”

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