Competition: US & Canada
Artist and biologist Dr. Brandon Ballengée creates multi-media artworks inspired from his ecological field and laboratory research. Ballengée’s art can be seen on his website and has been exhibited internationally in over 20 countries. In 2013 his first career survey exhibition debuted at the Château de Charamarande (Essonne, France), then travelled to Museum Het Domein (Sittard, Netherlands) in 2014. In the fall of 2016, the first US mid-career retrospective of his work opened at the University of Wyoming Art Museum. He has received several honours, including a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship, Awards from the National Academies Keck Futures Initiative, Creative Capital Award and included in the 2020 Grist 50 Emerging Environmental Leaders. He holds a Ph.D. in Transdisciplinary Art and Biology from the University of Plymouth (England). Currently, he is a Research Associate at the Louisiana State University Museum of Natural Science studying the impact of the 2010 oil spill on Gulf of Mexico fish species. In 2019, he delivered a TEDxLSU talk on his trans-species public art series Love Motel for Insects. Recently in partnership with his wife, sustainable food educator Aurore Ballengée, they began the Atelier de la Nature, an eco-educational campus and nature reserve in Arnaudville, Louisiana.
Photo Credit: Gerry Ellis