A headshot of Ph.D. candidate Cindy Veloric.


PhD candidate Cindy Veloric is an art historian, an environmentalist and a researcher in American Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

The Immersion opened up new channels of unexpressed thought, feelings and words; these unanticipated gifts led to a new and improved version of myself.


“Given the myriad global environmental crises and the inability of scientific data to convey its urgency, many artists have stepped up to communicate the problems and offer solutions. I propose that certain combinations of aesthetics in art can affect the public’s perceptions of environmental issues. Focusing on the most successful environmental artist/activists, I will analyze how their art elicits our ‘somatic markers,’ which, according to Antonio Damasio, are emotional reactions with a strong somatic component that support decision-making, including rational decision-making.”