March 19 - May 15, 2022

Opening Reception: March 19 | 5 - 8 pm

Curated by Ombretta Agró Andruff with Meaghan Kent

Participating artists: Beatriz Chachamovits, Caecilia Tripp, 
Elaine Defibaugh, Lauren Shapiro, and Morel Doucet


Coral reefs are the most diverse of all marine ecosystems. Teeming with life, up to 25% of all ocean species depend on coral reefs for food and shelter. Often called the rainforests of the sea, coral reefs are among the most at risk from climate change and man-made pollution.


Inspired by the powerful beauty and fragility of these coral reefs, six artists will present their unique and diverse bodies of work to recognize the urgency of preservation. The artists, joining as a “chorus” of creative voices, seek to encourage awareness and action to try and preserve and sustain this very special, and very necessary ecosystem. The exhibition will be accompanied by hands-on workshops and educational programming.


The exhibition is curated by Ombretta Agró Andruff with Meaghan Kent. Italian-born and Miami-based Agró Andruff is a freelance curator and environmental activist. She has curated internationally for more than 20 years, most recently at Atchugarry Foundation in Miami. Her passion for the Florida waterways inspired ARTSail, a nomadic residency and research initiative that investigates creative climate change inquiries. Agró Andruff is on the board of IKT International Association of Curators of Contemporary Art, where she organized the first US-based Congress in 2019 in Miami, with a post-Congress in Havana, Cuba. 


Bloom, Media: Earthenware and slip-cast porcelain forms, Dimensions:
22" x 12" x 10", Year: 2013

Image courtesy of the Morel Doucet


C[H]ORAL STORIES AND COLLECTIVE ACTIONS is funded in part by Funding Arts Broward (FAB!). Special thanks to Jane Wesman and Donald Savelson for their support.