Inspirations and Education  

  • Grew up playing in the woods and waters of South Florida's Indian River Lagoon, one of the most bio-diverse estuaries in the world 
  • Struggled with academics, finding refuge and recoginition in creating art 
  • BFA in Painting from Savannah College of Art and Design   
  • EcoArt Treasure Coast apprentice, mentored by pioneering water EcoArtist, Betsy Damon and activist/art historian, Dr. Mary Jo Aagerstoun 
  • Assistant to pioneering wildlife EcoArtist, Lynne Hull

 Innovations and Collaborations   

  • 2015- Founding member of Artists for Climate Action
  • 2013- Founding member and exhibitor at the Love the Everglades Movement Summer Symposium
  • 2013-16 EcoArtist in residence, City of Stuart Storm water Management
  • 2012-13 Character Designer for GlobHammer Studios, Bushwick, NYC
  • 2012- Founding member, organizer and artist for River Justice League
  • 2009-14 Martin County Advisory Board member of EcoArt South Florida
  • 2009-11 Partnered with Audubon Society ornithologists to construct experimental bird and insect habitats
  • 2009-17 Artist in residence at Florida Oceanographic Society Coastal Center

Instructional Experience 

  • Over 15 years as an Art Educator in Montessori, K-12 Public and Adult Ed
  • 2015-16 Director of Storm Drain Mural Artist and Youth Intervention for the HighWaterLine project, Delray Beach2011-12 Mentored High School AP art students in EcoArt theory and practice culminating in a public exhibition 
  • 2011-13 Teaching Artist with the Center for Creative Education, Palm Beach County 
  • 2010-13 Facilitated EcoArt workshops with Boys and Girls Clubs of Martin County 
  • 2009- Director of EcoArt projects in Palm Beach and Martin County


  • 2013 Recipient of the Arts and Healing Network Honoring the Next Generation Award 
  • 2011-12 Women Supporting the Arts Grant Winner 
  • 1999 SCAD Portfolio Scholarship   


  •  2017 SIXTH, “Never too Late” digital collage series,  Bridge red Studios, North Miami, FL 
  • 2016 Artists of the Art Solon, "Inspiration" ceramic, Amory Art Center, West Palm Beach, FL
  • 2016 New American Patriot, Installation and storm drain mural, The Box Gallery, West Palm Beach, FL
  • 2016 Art of Sustainability Symposium, Habitat Sculpture, Eastern Florida State College, Palm Bay, FL
  • 2015 Blued Trees, Collaborative project with EcoArtist, Aviva Rihmani, Indian River Lagoon, FL
  • 2014 What’s the Buzz About, Exhibition of Bee Habitat Sculpture designs, Art on Park, Lake Park, FL
  • 2013 The Lounge Series (New Paintings) Martin County Arts Council, Stuart, FL
  • 2012 EcoArt Works! Artigras, Jupiter, FL
  • 2011 New Works, Cristina de la Vega Gallery, Stuart, FL
  • 2010 Living on the Edge, Treasure Coast EcoArt capstone exhibition, Arts Council, Stuart, FL
  • 2003 Senior Show, "Never Paint again" college series, Alexander Hall, Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA

Speaking Engagements  

  • 2018 Visiting lecturer for Florida International University's Environmental Art Department, Miami, FL 
  • 2014 Love the Everglades Summer Symposium, "It takes a village to save our river", Everglades, FL  
  • 2013 EcoArt in South Florida, Armory  Art Salon Series, West Palm Beach, FL
  • 2012 Keynote speaker on EcoArt and Social Practice in the Chautauqua South lecture series, Martin County Library, Stuart, FL  


Jesse Etelson

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