Xavier Cortada at the North Pole, 2008.
Juried or Refereed Journal Articles
“Collaborative Art: A Transformational Force within Communities“Melissa G. Bublitz, Tracy Rank-Christman, Luca Cian, Xavier Cortada, Adriana Madzharov, Vanessa M. Patrick, Laura A. Peracchio, Maura L. Scott, Aparna Sundar, Ngoc (Rita) To, and Claudia Townsend, Journal of the Association for Consumer Research, 2019, 4:4, 313-331
“The Waterviz for Hubbard Brook | Field to Palette” Rustad, Lindsey & Cortada, Xavier & Quinn, Marty & Hallett, Torrin. (2018). The Waterviz for Hubbard Brook. 10.1201/b22355-25. https://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/9781315099217/chapters/10.1201/b22355-25
“Science“ 331(6017):548 · February 2011
Cortada, Xavier. (2011). Genome-sequencing anniversary. Painting the genome for the public.. Science (New York, N.Y.). 331. 548. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/49809448_Genome-sequencing_anniversary_Painting_the_genome_for_the_public
“Vote to keep our heads above water. South Florida is on front lines of sea level rise.” by Xavier Cortada, Miami Herald, October 28, 2020.
“Re-purpose your campaign signs to make a political statement about sea level rise,” by Xavier Cortada, Miami Herald, November 6, 2018
“T Agitprop: 12 Artists on Climate Change,” by Zoë Lascaze (essay by Xavier Cortada), New York Times, T Magazine, August 22, 2018.
“When Science Meets Art,” by the Editorial Staff (essay by Xavier Cortada) at COSMOS Magazine. Published in COSMOS 77 — Summer 2018, April 25, 2018.
“500 Artists, Gardens Commemorate Florida’s 500th Birthday.” By Xavier Cortada. Published in Palmetto Magazine, Volume 30:2, Spring 2013.
“Painting the Genome for the Public.” By Xavier Cortada. Published in Science, Volume 331, Page 548, February 4, 2011.
“500 Artists, Gardens Celebrate Florida’ 500th Birthday.” By Xavier Cortada. Posted in ARTSblog on December 17, 2012.
“Creating, Collaborating, Connecting with Art, Activism and the Internet.” By Xavier Cortada. Posted in ARTSblog on December 5, 2012.
“Let Art Bloom.” By Xavier Cortada. Posted in ARTSblog on November 11, 2011.
“Reclaiming Art.” By Xavier Cortada Posted in ARTSblog on November 9, 2011.
I am a socially-engaged, environmental artist and a UM Professor of Practice. For three decades, I’ve developed and implemented socially-engaged art processes to strengthen our connection to the natural world and to each other. I do this through object-making and through a practice that has a myriad of conceptual, performative and participatory layers.
Much of my art is structured around creating experiential activities that pique curiosity, instill a sense of responsibility and encourage more exploration in order to build cadre of engaged, compassionate and science-literate citizens.
Now more than ever, as our social and racial inequities are further exposed, a pandemic rages, and our climate emergency worsens, we need art to show us the way. Art gives all a sense of ownership, connectedness and belonging. Through my work I want to showcase arts elasticity across disciplines to effectuate real, meaningful and lasting change in an imperiled, polarized and imperfect world.