Nicole Chochrek’s Exhibition, Reading Landscapes is simultaneously art, education, and environmental action. Reading Landscapes uses art to implement change in the present moment, where urgent action is required. Central to Reading Landscapes are the Microplastic Recycling Bins, placed in six locations around Erie County Summer 2023. Most microplastics are unidentifiable and unable to be recycled through conventional means. This project is an opportunity to divert plastics from landfills, waterways, and air streams.

The Microplastic Recycling Bins were a meeting point where volunteers gathered twice weekly for community clean-ups. Through additional events, workshops, and activities, this project cultivated conversations and provided resources for participants to learn about the impact of plastic pollution. Socially engaged art can empower communities to be critical of their existing systems while providing agency in collective solutions.

Reading Landscapes is a study of how we can be better stewards of our environment.


Find Nicole Chochrek’s Interactive Installation, Letters As Pattern, at FITZ Books & Waffles in Downtown Buffalo, New York.


[Nicole Chochrek] to work in partnership with [CEPA Gallery]as recipients of [The New York State Council on the Arts] Support for Artist Grant. Nicole will debute her project Reading Landscapes in Summer 2023. Follow [Broken Plastics] for updates.



The Magazine of Western New York 




[Nicole Chochrek] to Work in Partnership with [CEPA Gallery] as Recipients of Creatives Rebuild New York’s Artist Employment Program

[Buffalo, New York]—[Nicole Chochrek] and [CEPA Gallery] announced that they received an Artist Employment Program (AEP) grant from Creatives Rebuild New York (CRNY). Designed to support employment opportunities for artists, the program is funding 98 collaborations involving a dynamic group of 300 artists employed by community-based organizations, municipalities, and tribal governments across New York State. CRNY has awarded a total of $49.9M in funding to support artists’ salaries and benefits, with an additional $11.7M in funding provided to the organizations holding employment.

“If we are to truly rebuild our amazing state, we must celebrate artists’ contributions not only to the economy but to what makes us human,”
says Creatives Rebuild New York's Executive Director Sarah Calderon. “The incredible work being funded through CRNY’s Artist Employment Program underscores the importance of direct support for both individual artists and the organizations that hold their employment.”

Artist Employment Program recipients were selected through a two-stage process by a group of twenty external peer reviewers alongside CRNY staff. From an initial pool of over 2,700 written applications, 167 were shortlisted for interviews with reviewers. To view the list of 98 Artist Employment Program participants, visit:  https://www.creativesrebuildny.org/participants/.

For more information about Creatives Rebuild New York’s Artist Employment Program, please visit creativesrebuildny.org.