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 our myriad  environmental crises due to climate change and the inability of scientific data and journalism to convey its urgency, great numbers of artists have been stepping up to communicate the problems and offer solutions. I’m investigating the possibilities and strengths of different artistic approaches that affect the public’s perception of these issues. Focusing on the most successful environmental artist/activists, I will analyze how their art stimulates emotions, the senses, vestibular changes, and ambiguity in the brain, using theories from neuroscience and psychology. Further, how do artists merge nature and culture, human and nonhuman to make us care? How does a departure from normal experience make us question our ethics and impact decision-making? Can aesthetic rupture provide a new understanding of climate change?”