“Longobardi has worked with found plastic as a primary material for nearly three decades, creating conceptual art that invites us to consider human responsibility toward an increasingly stressed environment. Featuring her global community-art practice, which has engaged citizen-artists from Bali to Greece to Hawaii, she argues that the function of art is not only to ‘make us see’ but also to ‘make us care’ in the face of emergent ecological crises worldwide.





1985 MFA, Master of Fine Arts • Montana State University, Bozeman, MT 

1981 BFA, Bachelor of Fine Arts • University of Georgia, Athens, GA

2019- PRESENT Regents's Professor, Board of Regents & Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia, USA

• Professor of Art, Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia, (from 1997)


2019 Drifters Project, Momentum Gallery • Asheville, NC (Oct 2018- Feb 2019)
•Pam Longobardi’s Drifters, Ilges Gallery, Columbus State University, Columbus, GA (June-Aug)Messages from Earth, signal flag performance team from Conforte Moderne, Poitiers, France (July)

2018 ContemporarySpotlight: PamLongobardi,TelfairMuseumJepsonCenter•Savannah,GA (June–Dec)

•Crossing Over, David J. Sencer CDC Museum, Atlanta, GA (July-Oct)
•Bordering On, The Great Highway Gallery, San Francisco, CA (Apr-May)

2017 Reworlding, Hathaway Gallery, Atlanta, GA (July-Sept)
•Oceans: Surface/Below, Oriel Myrddin Gallery, Carmarthen, Wales, UK (May-June)

2016 Selections from the Drifters Project Archive,Bobick Gallery, University of West Georgia, (Sept – Oct)

2015 Threshold, Sandler Hudson Gallery, Atlanta, GA
• Pam Longobardi: Drifters, Hand Art Center, Stetson University • Deland, FL 

2014 What Once Was Lost Must Now Be Found: Chronicling Crimes Against Nature,Hudgens Center for Art • Duluth, GA

•Prairie/Threshold, Creon Gallery 

• NYC Selections from the Drifters Project Archive, Westminster Gallery • Atlanta, GA

2013 Endless, Sandler Hudson Gallery • Atlanta, GA. (November) 

Endless: Ocean of Plastic/Drifters Project Phase 3, Ionion Center for Art and Culture, Kefalonia, Greece.

2012 Drifters Project Kefalonia: Giant Sea Cave Excavation, Ionion Center for Art and Culture, Kefalonia, Greece. (July)

2011 One World Ocean, Ionion Center for Art and Culture,Metaxata, Kefalonia, Greece. 

2010 Sappho’s Mirrors, Primo Piano LivingGallery, Lecce, Italy (March) 

• Material Drift, Sandler Hudson Gallery, Atlanta, GA. ( May-July)

2009 Panthalassa, ARTLIFE Gallery Contemporary Art, Venice, Italy (September)

2008 Plastic Durations, NY Arts Beijing, Chaoyang District, Beijing, China (during 2008 Olympics)

• Drifters, Tinney Contemporary, Nashville, TN. (October)

• Drifters, Charlotte and Philip Hanes Gallery, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC. (September)


2020 She is Here, Atlanta Contemporary, Atlanta, GA Aug 28- Feb 2021
• Atlantic, East & West, Boecho Gallery, London, UK Sept 2 – Dec 12. 2-person exhibition

•Summer Sampler, Front Room Gallery, New York, NY Aug 1- Sept 15 (online)

• minimalismMAXIMALISM, Front Room Gallery, New York, NY July 17 – Aug 1 (online)

• Home Therapy, Front Room Gallery, New York, NY, May 28 – Jul 28 (online)
• Verdant, Front Room Gallery, New York, NY, April 22 - June 22 (online)
• Vital Force: Water Essential, Front Room Gallery, New York, NY Jan 16-Feb 16

• Unsustainable, A Planet in Crisis, Ewing Gallery, University of Tennessee, Knoxville    Outer/Environments/Inner, 2-person exhibition, Chastain Gallery, City of Atlanta, Jan 31-Mar 16Ecoconsciousness, Eleanor Heartney, juror, Ecoartspace, Santa Fe, NM Aug 31-Sept 30

2019 Contrast: China/US Painting Exhibition, Lu Gallery, Baoding City, China, Oct 12-Nov 14
•Entanglements, Laney Contemporary, Savannah, GA Curated by Melissa Messina and Lisa Jaye Young

• Anthropocene Island, The Clemente Center, LES Gallery, New York, NY, Mar 8-Apr 26
• Anthropocene Island, Pratt Institute, Dekalb Gallery, New York, NY, Sept
• Can’t You Sea?, Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum, Myrtle Beach, NC, Jun 15-Sept 8

2018 Plastic Entanglements: Ecology, Aesthetics, Materials, Palmer Museum of Art, State College, Pennsylvania 

2017 Frammenti Senza Tempo (Timeless Fragments), Primo Piano Gallery + Municipality of Brindisi

• Imagery Art for Wine Collection, Triton Museum of Art, Santa Clara, California
• State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now, Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, NC April-Sept 

2016 Bitteres Wasser (Bitter Water), Galerie Im Hafen Rummelsberg, Berlin, Germany,  July – Sept
• State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now, Telfair Museum of Art, Savannah, GA Feb-Sept
• State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, MN Feb-Sept
• Beyond the Pour II: The Creative Process, San Francisco Museum of Craft and Design, SF, CA August
2016 - Jan 2017
• Imagery Art for Wine Collection, Triton Museum of Art, Santa Clara, California, Nov 2016 - Feb 12, 2017
• Making the Future, 10th anniversary Bushwick Open Studios, David + Schweitzer Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, Sept-Oct
• All Tomorrow’s Parties, Hathaway David Gallery, Atlanta, GA, April – Aug
• Inaugural Exhibition – Second Installation, Hathaway Contemporary Gallery, Atlanta, GA, June - Aug
• Sideshow on Mars, Life on Mars Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, Jan
• Voyage of the Beagle, Radiator Gallery, Long Island City, NY, Mar 18-April 17
• December Salon, Station Independent Gallery, NY, NY, Dec
• Messages from the Sea, Goulandris Museum of Natural History • Athens, Greece, May 2015 – May 2016
• GYRE: The Plastic Ocean, SanJose State University Museum, SanJose, CA Feb2-Mar25
• SEA(S) Diaplous, Ionion Center for Art and Culture, Kefalonia, Greece

2015 SPRAWL: Drawing Outside the Lines, High Museum of Art • Atlanta, GA, July 18 – Oct 4

• GYRE: The Plastic Ocean, CDC David J. Sencer Museum, Centers for Disease Control, Atlanta, GA. Jan – June • GYRE:The Plastic Ocean, Fisher Museum, University of Southern California, Los Angeles,CA. Aug – Nov

•Fertile City/Riddle of the Sphinx, Thebes Art Project Film Festival, Thebes, Greece, Oct

• Second Nature, James Gallery, Pittsburg, PA

• Nature Revealed, Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson International Airport, Atlanta, GA, Oct- Feb 2016 

2014 State of the Art, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, AR

• Shifting Ecologies, The Painting Center, New York, NY. Curated by Marianne van Lent. Catalog

• Feral Objects, Creon Gallery, New York, NY. Curated by Peggy Cyphers and Lucio Pozzi

• GYRE: The Plastic Ocean, Anchorage Museum, Anchorage, Alaska and travelling. Curated by Julie Decker

2013 Seescape, George Adams Gallery, New York, NY. Curated by Edward Boyer

• Oltre il Paesaggio Mistico, Island of St. Francis of the Desert, Collateral Event of 55th Venice Biennale, curated by Simonetta Gorreri, ARTLIFE for the World, Venice, Italy. Sponsored by Venice Cultural Association (MiBAC), Ministry of Culture, Rome

• Hudgens Prize Finalist Exhibition, Hudgens Center for the Arts • Duluth, GA June-August

• Endless: Ocean of Plastic/Drifters Project Phase 3, Ionion Center for Art and Culture, Kefalonia, Greece • Discontinuity Continuum: Paintings by Pam Longobardi and Craig Dongoski, Tinney Contemporary, Nashville, TN (Feb) 

2012 Packet-Soup, Savvy Contemporary, Berlin, Germany. Curated by Claudia Lamas Cornejo 

2011 Oceanomania, Nouveau Museé National de Monaco • Montecarlo, Monaco. Curated by       Mark Dion, Sarina Basta and Cristiano Raimondi (April-Nov) 

• Voyage on an Uncanny Sea, Gallery Diet, Miami  (Feb) Curated by Mark Dion

• Flows to Bay, Museum of Monterey, Monterey, California. Curated by Lisa Coscino 

2010 PAI 2010, Samothrace and Alexandroupolis, Greece,UNESCO Permanent collection Municipality of Samothrace 

• Metaphysical Materiality, Tinney Contemporary, Nashville, TN.  With Carol Prusa, Margery Amder, P.Bellan-Gillen

• Contemporary Feminine Mythologies, Primo Piano LivingGallery • Lecce, Italy 

• Cadavre Equis, Primo Piano LivingGallery, Lecce, Italy 

2009 Green Light II, curated by Loie Lassiter, Bank of America Plaza • Charlotte, NC. Staying Alive,      Metaphor Contemporary Art, Brooklyn, NY Slow News, Broadthinking Curatorial, Mark’s Garage Art Center • Honolulu, HI

• Found Object, Brenau University, Gainesville, GA. With Loren Schwerd, Donna Mintz. 

2008 Selections from the Imagery Estate Winery Permanent Collection, Carnegie Art Museum, Pittsburg, PA. 

2007 POOL Art Fair/Ocean View at Miami Basel Art Fair, Cavalier Hotel,Miami, FL.

• POOL Art Fair/Art Attack, Chelsea Hotel, Chelsea Hotel, NY, NY.

2006 Birdspace, Tucson Art Museum , Tucson, AZ. (Jan-Mar.) Curated by David Rubin 


2020  Public Art commission, large-scale permanent work 'Archaeology of Desire' 8 West AtlanticCapital Properties

• Fiscal sponsorship: Drifters Project and Cicada Socks, annual donations for special edition socks

2019 Regent's Professor, Board of Regents, State of Georgia and Georgia State University

2017 Expedition Participant, Mission Blue Expedition to Balearic Island Hope Spot, Formentera and Mallorca, Spain

2016 Focus Fellowship Residency, AIR Serenbe, CoEstirere Fellowship, awarded to an artist whose work explores human population growth and its effect on wildlife, Serenbe, GA 

• Special Mention for Plastic Free Island, Cinemare International Ocean Film Festival• Kiel, Germany 

2015 Finalist, Best Short Documentary and Best Emerging Director, BLUE Ocean Film Festival and Conservation Summit, Oceanographic Museum , Monte Carlo, Monaco

• Proclamation, awarded by City of Atlanta, Plastic Reduction Day Atlanta, in perpetuity March 27 for organising The Plastic GYRE symposium: Artists, Scientists, and Activists Respond. Sponsored by Councilman Kwanza Hall

2014 Distinguished University Professor, Georgia State University • Atlanta, GA. Five year endowed title. 2013 The Hudgens Prize, awarded by curators Doryun Chong, M+HongKong, Toby Kamps, Menil Collection and Heather Pesanti, The Contemporary, Austin

• GYRE Expedition participant, Anchorage Museum and Alaska Sea Life Center, me 14-person art-science expedition along remote Alaskan coast researching and removing ocean plastic, sponsored by NEA, Rauschenberg Foundation, National Geographic Films

• Public Art commission, Raffles Hotel Group London, for new 5-star hotel in Istanbul, Turkey

2012 Permanent installation commission, Marine Science Center, University of New England, Biddeford, ME 

• Artist Residency Fellowship, Ionion Center for Arts and Culture, Kefalonia, Greece

• Commission for sculptural installation, Atlanta Beltline, City of Atlanta Art Program, Atlanta, Georgia

2011 Commission, travel and installation support, Nouveau Musee National de Monaco • Montecarlo, Monaco

• Artist Residency Fellowship, Ionion Center for Arts and Culture, Kefalonia, Greece

• CENCIA Center for Project Grant, College of Arts and Sciences, GSU

2010 Coastal Hero, selected by Coastal Living Magazine, Time Magazines Inc. February, p. 43

• Travel and residency fellowship for creation of work, EPOFE Concept/ UNESCO, Samothrace, Greece

• Public Art Commission, Surdna Foundation, Governors School for the Arts and City of Greenville Parks Department, Reedy River, Greenville, SC

2009 Artist in Residence, Bau Institute, New York/Italy, Otranto, Italy

2008 Artist in Residence, NY Arts Beijing • Beijing, China.