Baum Award for An Emerging American Photographer – 10th Anniversary
Arts Programs


It is essential that we value and recognize artists’ critical contributions to our cultural life, and give them the support they need to create their work. The Baum Foundation’s focus on the Arts is meant to foster greater appreciation and understanding of artists and how they contribute in powerful ways to the health, vitality and leadership of our society. – Image by Daniel Beltrá.

Featured Baum Award for An Emerging American Photographer – 10th Anniversary Programs

Baum Award for An Emerging American Photographer – 10th Anniversary

Background In 2001, the Baum Award for an Emerging American Photographer was a gleam in the eye of its founders, Glenn and April Bucksbaum. The hope from the start was to have the award provide support to an emerging photographer 

Patterns Project

Marta Salas-Porras is a visual artist and designer who has been designing ways to tell the story of how a collective analysis of symbols and patterns of ancient and tribal art connects us as a species on this planet. She 

Baum Award for An Emerging American Photographer

The Baum Foundation created The Baum Award in 2001 to provide emerging photographers with resources and the means to pursue their art at a critical point in their career. Read more»

SPILL – Images from the Gulf

The SPILL Exhibition features photography, from artist and conservationist Daniel Beltrá, of the 2010 Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Read more»

International Children’s Painting Competition

The International Children’s Painting Competition, a United Nations Environment Program activity, encourages children from all parts of the world to focus on environmental issues and how they affect their communities. Read more»

Language of the Birds

In 2010, an important corner of San Francisco’s North Beach neighborhood was transformed by the creation of a new central plaza featuring a public art installation by artist Brian Goggin and co-creator Dorka Keehn called Language of the Birds. Read more»

Art for the Environment Initiatives

From 2005-2008, the Art for the Environment initiatives were a collaborative plan between the Natural World Museum and the United Nations environment Program designed to utilize the universal language of art as a catalyst to unite people in action and thought. Read more»

Human/Nature: Artists in Conversation with Nature

Can art inspire conservation? Can conservation inspire art? The project Human/Nature: Artists Respond to a Changing Planet began in 2006 in the form of these questions, triggering an unusual collaboration and an extraordinary and circuitous journey. Read more»


Directed and Produced By Tad Fettig and Andrea Heckman, the documentary film Ausangate tells the stories of the lives of the Quechua people who live around the sacred peak of Ausangate in Peru, as expressed through their textiles and rituals. Read more»