Hindsight 202One Artistic Exhibition

Exhibition Description: 

The events of 2020 brought many intertwined issues to the forefront of society’s attention, including global health crises, social injustices, environmental crises, and political insurrection. Many people have turned to the arts to express complicated feelings that cannot otherwise be communicated. The arts are also a critical but underappreciated tool for understanding complex systems. Looking to the future, this year’s ESE symposium entitled “Hindsight 202One” encourages members of the Purdue community to use visual art, performance art, or creative writing to express how they see the world coming together again to address the social-ecological challenges we face in 2021. We hope that through creating and observing artistic pieces, participants can gain new insight into today’s most pressing issues. 


Submission Guidelines:

ESE values diversity, inclusion, and creativity in problem solving. Submissions are open to all forms of art that can be digitally uploaded. This includes visual arts, performance art (video format), poetry (performed or written), and other creative writing.

Submissions should creatively capture the following question: How do you see society moving forward after 2020, to address intertwined issues including social/racial injustice, pandemic recovery, political turmoil, and climate crises?

Submission period will close on March 28th, 11:59 pm EST. 

Artistic submissions will be displayed March 30-31 on an “Exhibition” website open to the Purdue community and our symposium speakers. Each piece will be accompanied by a title, short description, and the name of the artist. This information will be collected via the submission survey. Prizes will be awarded during our panel event on March 31 to the top two pieces from a popular vote and the top two pieces judged by our symposium panelists.

Submission Criteria: 

  • Your piece should incorporate two or more issues illuminated by events of 2020 and potential pathways to overcome them. 
  • We have left this topic purposefully broad to allow for your creative interpretation and expression. Feel free to draw from your own personal experiences.
  • Submissions should fall into one of three broad categories: visual, performance, or written arts. 
    • For visual arts, please submit your file as a .png or .jpeg with minimum resolution of 300 dpi.
    • For creative writing pieces, please submit your file as a .pdf optimized for digital/web viewing.
    • For performance art videos, please submit your file as a .mp4 with a minimum of 720p resolution. You may also submit a YouTube link.

To submit your art or creative work to our exhibition, please follow this link:


 Thank you for contributing to the 14th Annual ESE Symposium, Hindsight 202One!

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