Disappearing Frogs Project

Call for Artists

Disappearing Frogs Project Exhibition
February 1 – March 3, 2016
North Carolina State University Craft Center
210 Jensen Dr., Raleigh, NC

We invite professional and emerging artists and art students (14 and older), who are passionate about art and environmental issuesFrog Logo  72 dpi 042315R to create art that celebrates amphibians and their environments. How can art combat threats to amphibian survival including habitat loss, over-harvesting for food trade, pollution, pet trade, and emerging infectious diseases? Submit your most convincing piece.

Did you know that North Carolina’s amphibian diversity is among the highest in the world? This fact alone makes it vital that together we take the stand on raising public awareness not only on the issue of the dramatic disappearance of amphibians but also what this means to us as humans and the long term health of our planet. Together as a community we can all learn to be better stewards of our environment.

Join us, the Disappearing Frogs Project, in 2016 as we “Leap into Action!” View the “Call for Artists.”

Using art as the medium, the objective of the Disappearing Frogs Project is to produce a multi-sensory, multi-day event focusing on one simple message: Amphibians are critical to the health of our planet and ultimately to the health of humankind.Why? Frogs and toads are important because they are indicators of our ecosystems health. In short, they monitor the health of our planet. The Disappearing Frogs Project overall concept is to bring synergy between artists and scientists to the public.Terry Thirion, artist and creator of the Disappearing Frogs Project says “Art has the unique power to communicate truths and inspire people to action.” And she’s making it happen!

Below is a synopsis of the project, why it’s important to be involved, and the local partners we’ve assembled thus far in the Triangle

Image created and donated by Artist Manuela  of Charlotte North Carolina - February 2014

Image created and donated by Artist Manuela Strada Ballicu of Charlotte NC – February 2014

and beyond for our 2016 Disappearing Frogs Project Exhibition. We feel our project is not only innovative in its approach to educate & engage the public but due to the enthusiastic support of the community we have the power to reach a broad audience thus making an impact for amphibians worldwide.

TheDisappearing Frogs Project, DFP, is dedicated to creating interactive art installations to raise awareness of the global decline and disappearance of frogs and other amphibians. In the past 30 years more than 200 species of frogs have gone extinct. As a nonprofit organization, the Disappearing Frogs Project inspires artists to address this global decline and take personal action to protect our environment. With a potential extinction at hand, artists can be a bridge to promote public awareness.

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Thoughtful vessel created by Jennifer Kincaid of Asheville NC 2014

With two successful exhibitions to date, Charlotte, NC and Rock Hill, South Carolina, the Disappearing Frogs Project continues to gain both momentum and support. In2015 the Disappearing Frogs Project partnered withAmphibian Survival Alliance—the world’s largest partnership for amphibian conservation. Working through the ASA, the Disappearing Frogs Project is helping to protect habitat, support research and engage people around the world.

Below is a list of our committed community partners for the 2016 Disappearing Frogs Project exhibitions and events.* And more partners are coming on every week.





February 1 –March 3 NC State University The Crafts Center, Raleigh, NC
NC State University The Talley Student Union, Raleigh, NC

NC State Parks
February – March Weymouth Woods-Sandhills Nature Preserve, Southern Pines, NC
March – April Raven Rock State Park, Lillington, NC

March – April Museum of Life and Science, Durham, NC
April 1 – April 29 Marbles Kids Museum, Raleigh, NC
April North Carolina Zoo, Asheboro, NC

* Specific dates and programming at each location will be announced in the next 45-60 days. We are pleased with the enthusiastic response we’ve received from the community

History and Formation:

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Click here to view some of the images submitted which were exhibited during the 2014 Exhibition

The Disappearing Frogs Project (DFP) was created In 2013 by Charlotte NC-based artist Terry Thirion. The concept is to bring synergy between artists and scientists to the public, communicating the unprecedented global amphibian decline and potential effects of species extinction. Awareness in the community is being raised; hearts of the public are being touched; and the Disappearing Frogs Project is inspiring people to get involved and to take personal action.

In February 2014, The “Disappearing Frogs Project” came to life with a thirty-day multimedia art installation at the Charlotte Art League in Charlotte, NC. More than a hundred artists responded in support of Terry’s call, contributing over 200 original paintings, sculptures and photos. The month-long event included a 25’ wall of unique frog art, another 100+ pieces of children’s art, scientific discussions led by environmental experts from around the country, and an original puppet show starring a cast of frogs artfully raising environmental issues. It was an instant success!

Going Global, Leadership, Plans for 2016, and How to Get Involved:

Disappearing Frogs Project is a Partner of Amphibian Survival Alliance

The Disappearing Frogs Project continues to gain both momentum and support. In 2015 the Disappearing Frogs Project partnered with Amphibian Survival Alliance—the world’s largest partnership for amphibian conservation—to raise awareness of global amphibian declines, inspire people to take personal action to protect these incredible species, while also providing a unique opportunity for artists to support amphibian conservation, education and research. 

Short, powerful video on the worldwide extinction of amphibians and the work of the
Disappearing Frogs Project to inform people, using art and science