Brandon Ballengée

An artist, biologist, and environmental activist, Brandon Ballengée creates transdisciplinary artworks inspired by his ecological field and laboratory research. Since 1996, his central investigation has been the occurrence of developmental deformities and population declines among amphibians. In 2009, Ballengée and S.K. Sessions published “Explanation for Missing Limbs in Deformed Amphibians” in the Journal of Experimental Zoology, which received attention from the BBC and other international media outlets. This scientific study was the inspiration for the book Malamp: The Occurrence of Deformities in Amphibians and a solo exhibition at the Royal Institution of Great Britain in London (2010). Since 2009, Ballengée has continued his amphibian research as a visiting scientist at McGill University in Montréal, and in 2011 he was awarded a conservation leadership fellowship from the National Audubon Society’s Together Green program. In the summer of 2013, the first career survey of his work debuted at the Château de Charamarande in Essonne, France, and travelled to the Museum Het Domein in Sittard, the Netherlands, in 2014. Recent solo exhibitions include: the Armory Show, New York (2015); Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Omaha, NE (2015); National Academy of the Sciences, Washington, DC (2014); Acadiana Center for Arts, Lafayette, LA (2014); Alden B. Dow Museum of Art and Science, Midland Center for the Arts, Midland, TX (2014); Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, Philadelphia (2013); Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York (2012); Longue Vue House and Gardens, New Orleans (2011); PAV, Centro d'Arte Contemporanea, Turin, Italy (2010). He holds a PhD in transdisciplinary art and biology from the University of Plymouth, UK, in collaboration with the Hochschule für Gestaltung Zürich, Switzerland.