The Plastic GYRE Symposium in the News

Huffington PostPlastic Pollution: A Social Justice Perspective

Zero Waste in ACTIONPlastic GYRE Symposium: Artists, Scientists and Activists Respond

Saporta Report: GSU art professor helps resculpt Alaska’s plastic ocean trash for CDC museum art

Emory Laney Graduate School: CDC Plastic Gyre Symposium brings together scientists, artists and activists to address the “problem of plastic” Art & Science: Drowning in a Plastic Ocean, at the CDC Museum

The Daily Catch Ban-Ban and the Power of Sympathetic Vibrations: Notes from the Gyre Symposium in Atlanta

Savannah NowGeorgia House defeats bill to prevent plastic bag bans

Atlanta Business JournalGeorgia House favors turtles, local control

Plastic Pollution Coalition The 2015 Plastic Gyre Symposium

David J. Sencer CDC MuseumGYRE: The Plastic Ocean

JSTOR DailyArtists Respond to Plastic Ocean Pollution

Atlanta Science Festival

Art Papers

Pam Longobardi Dark and Plentiful Bounty
Pam Longobardi, Dark and Plentiful Bounty, 2014; mixed media, at the Anchorage Museum. (Photo: Chris Arend)

GYRE Exhibition and Symposium Address Ocean Plastic Pollution (Jan. 28, 2015)

In conjunction with “GYRE”— the term is for the swirling ocean currents in which garbage is propelled thousands of miles—GSU distinguished professor Pam Longobardi has spearheaded a major symposium, free and open to the public, to take place March 26-27. Co-organized with the CDC Sencer Museum, the Plastic Pollution Coalition, and the Welch Foundation at GSU, “The Plastic GYRE: Artists, Scientists and Activists Respond” will bring together notable figures in various fields to discuss environmental and wildlife hazards and public health issues posed by plastics that end up in the ocean—bottles, Styrofoam, micro-beads, toys, fishing nets, etc.—and to propose collaborative solutions. Mark Dion and Susan Middleton are slated to appear; other details will be announced closer to the event. More

Atlanta Journal Constitution

VISUAL ART: Exhibit, symposium shed light on marine debris (Feb. 8, 2015)

In conjunction with the exhibit, the Welch Foundation at Georgia State University, the Sencer CDC Museum and the Plastic Pollution Coalition have announced the 2015 Welch Symposium titled “The Plastic Gyre: Artists, Scientists and Activists Respond,” March 26-27 at GSU and the CDC Museum. Conceived by Longobardi, the free conference will feature panel sessions, film screenings, a pop-up art exhibit and more. More information: email HOWARD POUSNER. More


John Dahlsen: Thongs, digital print on canvas. (Courtesy the artist and the Anchorage Museum) – See more at:

Review: Artists sound the environmental alarm in “Gyre: The Plastic Ocean,” at CDC museum

A gyre is a swirling, circular movement commonly associated with the surface area of ocean currents. In recent years, the word has taken on a more urgent and foreboding implication because these vortexes are collecting and distributing man-made garbage across the seas. More

Art & Education

In an effort to raise awareness and discourse on the global crisis of plastic pollution, the Welch Foundation at Georgia State University (GSU), David J. Sencer Museum of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and Plastic Pollution Coalition (PPC) jointly host the 2015 Welch Symposium, “The Plastic GYRE: Artists, Scientists and Activists Respond” on March 26–27. More