Dear Friend,

During the weeks leading up to our virtual event, on October 8, we'll be profiling the eleven amazing women from Southwest PA we're celebrating this year. Today, we meet our Woman of Environmental Arts
Ann Rosenthal – Environmental Artist & Educator.

Meet Ann Rosenthal
Woman of Environmental Arts

Ann Rosenthal has over 40 years experience as an artist, educator, and writer. Her work examines the intersections of nature and culture through timely issues, including climate change, biodiversity, and biophilia.

In 2018, Ann participated in four exhibitions, including “For the Love of Nature,” which she curated for the John A. Hermann Art Museum, and a solo exhibition at the School of Environment and Sustainability, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. In the fall, Ann was artist in residence at HJ Andrews Experimental Forest and received professional development support through the Artist Opportunity Grant program, Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council.

In 2019, Ann participated in four group exhibitions and co-curated “Crafting Conversations: A Call and Response to Our Changing Climate” for Creatives for Climate through Contemporary Craft’s BNY Mellon Satellite Gallery in Pittsburgh.

In 2021, she will participate in a print exchange and exhibition through the Pittsburgh Print Group in partnership with the Morgan Conservatory in Cleveland.

She is currently one of four editors for the forthcoming book Ecoart in Action, on behalf of an international network of ecoartists.

She teaches through Osher Lifelong Learning Institute/University of Pittsburgh, as well as several area arts and environmental organizations.

Her studio is based in the Bloomfield neighborhood of Pittsburgh, PA. Ann received her MFA from Carnegie Mellon University in 1999.

Congratulations, Ann!




Sponsor of Patricia DeMarco, Ph.D

Sponsor of Leandra Mira

Sponsor of Kirsi Jansa

Special thanks to our sponsors for their continued support during these difficult times. If you would like information about sponsorship opportunities for this event, please contact Susanne Whitehead at


The Event Goes On!
Tickets Now Available!

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2020, 5:30-7pm


$40 Login Ticket for Zoom Access: 
Includes a "PennFuture Swag Bag" with: a PennFuture Mask, Hand Sanitizer, Stylus Pen & Pad made from recycled materials, and a Honey Bee Mix Seed Packet mailed to you. Ticket also includes a $25 donation to PennFuture, which makes you a member of PennFuture!

$65 Login Ticket + Honor Your Favorite Nominee!!
Pick one of the 11 Women to make a special donation in their name. You'll be recognized for this special gift during the event! Includes Login Ticket, PennFuture Swag Bag, and a $50 donation to honor the woman of your choice! This also makes you a member of PennFuture!

Bonus: the first 50 tickets sold get a PennFuture
"watchdog doggie bandana"!

NOTE: With either ticket you get one Zoom Login which can not be shared. However, you are welcome to have a socially distant gathering with your family and friends to watch the event from your home. Sorry that we can't supply the food or beverages we normally would for an event like this, but you are welcome to bring your own! It is a "Celebration" after all!

Special Opportunity for Small Businesses & Organizations:
Be an Award Sponsor!

Eleven Nine Award Sponsorships are still available:
one for each woman - for only $150 each. 

In addition to a Login Ticket and the PennFuture Swag Bag, we'll include your logo in all future promotional materials as well as provide special recognition during the event. 

If you would like information about being an Award Sponsor, please contact Susanne Whitehead at

Each year, PennFuture honors the accomplishments of exceptional women conservationists in Pennsylvania. The 2020 Celebrating Women in Conservation Awards are designed to encourage continuing excellence in conservation and to forge a stronger network of exceptional women working to protect Pennsylvania’s environment. The event also raises important funds to support PennFuture as a watchdog for clean air, water, and energy.

Since its inception in 2015, this event has traveled around the state to different communities to ensure recognition of local leaders, volunteers, and career professionals. And for 2020 we are celebrating women in Southwest Pennsylvania. 



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