"Stacy Levy makes art that shows how nature works: from tides to rain fall, watersheds to puddles."
Stacy Levy’s projects show the presence of urban nature, clarifying the patterns of natural processes existing on the site. Stacy collaborates directly with the natural forces: tidal rivers, urban streams rainwater. Her work registers the changes in nature over the course of a day, a season or a several years. Her projects allow people to witness the fluctuations of the natural world, and to bring a sense of wonder and connectedness.
Stacy has created urban tidal projects for the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia and the Hudson River in New York. She has created water cleaning projects in Arkansas and Southwest Pennsylvania in the coal mining region, and rain capturing projects at several sites in the Delaware River Watershed and in Pittsburgh PA. Her work ranges from permanent to temporary. She often collaborates with engineers and landscape architects and ecologist to find artful solutions to site issues. Presently, Stacy is the artist- in -residence for the Department of Stormwater in the City of Lancaster, PA. She is also working with the designers of the East Midtown Greenway in New York, creating a permanent project about the micro-algae inhabiting the East River. Past projects have been located in Seattle, Phoenix, Scottsdale, Fayetteville, AR., Charlotte, NC., Niigata, Japan and Edinburgh, Scotland. Her work was included in Documenta 11.
Stacy graduated from Yale University with a BA in Art and a minor in forestry. She earned her MFA from Tyler School of Art, Temple University. She is a recipient of the Pew Fellowship in the Arts and a recent award for Arts in Conservation given by Penn Futures in 2019, and the Henry Meigs Environmental Leadership Award
Stacy grew up within the Wissahickon Watershed in Philadelphia, at the edge of Fairmount Park and played in storm water runoff when she was little, which informed her work. She now lives in Central Pennsylvania in the Penn’s Creek Watershed.