Xavier Cortada at the North Pole, 2008.

Juried or Refereed Journal Articles

Xavier Cortada, The Underwater: Using Art to Engage Communities Around Climate Action, 78 U. Mia L. Rev. 519 (2024)
Available at: https://repository.law.miami.edu/umlr/vol78/iss2/8

“Climate mobility and the pandemic: art–science lessons for societal resilience” Katharine J. Mach, Xavier I. Cortada, Nicholas Mignanelli, Jessica Owley & Ian A. Wright (2021), World Art, DOI: 10.1080/21500894.2021.1911839

“Painting Constitutional Law: Xavier Cortada’s Images of Constitutional Rights,” Leiden, The Netherlands: Brill | Nijhoff, 2021. https://doi.org/10.1163/9789004445598 Web.
Contributors are: Renée Ater, Mary Sue Backus, Kathleen A. Brady, Jenny E. Carroll, Erwin Chemerinsky, Xavier Cortada, Andrew Guthrie Ferguson, Leslie Kendrick, Corinna Barrett Lain, Paul Marcus, Linda C. McClain, M.C. Mirow, James E. Pfander, Laura S. Underkuffler, and Howard M. Wasserman.

“Collaborative Art: A Transformational Force within Communities Melissa G. Bublitz, Tracy Rank-Christman, Luca Cian, Xavier Cortada, Adriana Madzharov, Vanessa M. Patrick, Laura A. Peracchio, Maura L. Scott, Aparna Sundar, Ngoc (Rita) To, and Claudia Townsend, Journal of the Association for Consumer Research, 2019, 4:4, 313-331

The Waterviz for Hubbard Brook | Field to Palette” Rustad, Lindsey & Cortada, Xavier & Quinn, Marty & Hallett, Torrin. (2018). The Waterviz for Hubbard Brook. 10.1201/b22355-25. https://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/9781315099217/chapters/10.1201/b22355-25

Science 331(6017):548 · February 2011 
Cortada, Xavier. (2011). Genome-sequencing anniversary. Painting the genome for the public.. Science (New York, N.Y.). 331. 548. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/49809448_Genome-sequencing_anniversary_Painting_the_genome_for_the_public 

“Underwater Homeowners Association: Using socially engaged art to problem-solve in an imperilled, polarized and imperfect world,” Cortada, Xavier, Roberti, Adam and Deering, Ryan, Journal of Environmental Media, 3:1, pp. 163–70, (2022), https://doi.org/10.1386/jem_00080_1

Communities that Care”: Incorporating Socially Engaged Artistic Practices into Clinical Legal Education,” Bernard L. Perlmutter, Xavier Cortada, Clinical Law Review, Vol 29, No. 2, 2023.

“Practitioner perspectives on climate mobilities in South Florida,” Katharine J Mach, Jennifer Niemann, Rosalind Donald, Jessica Owley, Nadia A Seeteram, A R Siders, Xavier I Cortada, Alex Nyburg, Adam Roberti, Ian A Wright, Oxford Open Climate Change, Volume 3, Issue 1, 2023, kgad015, https://doi.org/10.1093/oxfclm/kgad015 Published: 04 December 2023


Other Publications

“When it comes to climate, are cultural organizations breaking or losing ground?,by Xavier Cortada, American for the Arts / ArtsLink, Fall/Winter 2022.

Don’t Risk Your Health and Wellbeing in Miami’s Heat. Learn how to #KeepCoolMiamiDade,” by Xavier Cortada, Miami Herald, May 26, 2023.

Art can engage, educate and mobilize communities to fight climate change, by Xavier Cortada, Miami Herald, December 15, 2022.

Miami is not a place. It is a Process. Driven by Water,   by Xavier Cortada, Biscayne Times, March 3, 2021.

“A 20-Foot Sea Wall is Not the Answer,” by Xavier Cortada, Biscayne Times, July 2021.

Vote to keep our heads above water. South Florida is on front lines of sea level rise.” by Xavier Cortada, Miami Herald, October 28, 2020.

“Re-purpose your campaign signs to make a political statement about sea level rise,” by Xavier Cortada, Miami Herald, November 6, 2018

“T Agitprop: 12 Artists on Climate Change,” by Zoë Lascaze (essay by Xavier Cortada), New York Times, T Magazine, August 22, 2018.

“When Science Meets Art,” by the Editorial Staff (essay by Xavier Cortada) at COSMOS Magazine. Published in COSMOS 77 — Summer 2018, April 25, 2018.

“500 Artists, Gardens Commemorate Florida’s 500th Birthday.” By Xavier Cortada. Published in Palmetto Magazine, Volume 30:2, Spring 2013.

“Painting the Genome for the Public.” By Xavier Cortada. Published in Science, Volume 331, Page 548, February 4, 2011.

“500 Artists, Gardens Celebrate Florida’ 500th Birthday.” By Xavier Cortada. Posted in ARTSblog on December 17, 2012.

“Creating, Collaborating, Connecting with Art, Activism and the Internet.” By Xavier Cortada. Posted in ARTSblog on December 5, 2012.

“Let Art Bloom.” By Xavier Cortada. Posted in ARTSblog on November 11, 2011.

“Reclaiming Art.” By Xavier Cortada Posted in ARTSblog on November 9, 2011.


I am a socially-engaged, environmental artist and a UM Professor of Practice. For three decades, I’ve developed and implemented socially-engaged art processes to strengthen our connection to the natural world and to each other. I do this through object-making and through a practice that has a myriad of conceptual, performative and participatory layers.

Much of my art is structured around creating experiential activities that pique curiosity, instill a sense of responsibility and encourage more exploration in order to build  cadre of engaged, compassionate and science-literate citizens. 

Now more than ever, as our social and racial inequities are further exposed, a pandemic rages, and our climate emergency worsens, we need art to show us the way.  Art gives all a sense of ownership, connectedness and belonging. Through my work I want to showcase arts elasticity across disciplines to effectuate real, meaningful and lasting change in an imperiled, polarized and imperfect world.