Courtney Mattison – Artist and Designer on a Quest to Save the Oceans


Courtney Mattison (CourtneyMattisoncom) is an artist & ocean advocate working to inspire policy makers and the public to conserve our changing seas. She primarily hand-sculpts intricately detailed sculptural works inspired by the fragile beauty of coral reefs & the human-caused threats they face. Courtney’s large-scale ceramic coral reef installations for her ongoing series, Our Changing Seas, have been exhibited at prominent science and art venues including the headquarters of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in downtown Washington, D.C., the Tang Museum in Saratoga Springs, NY and the NSU Oceanographic Center in South Florida, in an effort to promote awareness for the protection of our blue planet.

Born and raised in San Francisco, Courtney received an interdisciplinary BA in Marine Ecology and Ceramic Sculpture from Skidmore College in 2008 and an MA in Environmental Studies from Brown University with coursework at the Rhode Island School of Design in 2011. Her work has been featured in Science Magazine, Grist, Colossal and other prominent science/art/culture publications. In 2015, Origin Magazine named her one of 100 top “Ocean Heroes.” Courtney is also developing her own line of home décor objects to inspire ocean conservation under the trade name Corallia Design & works as Editorial Manager for Mission Blue, curating & producing original news & stories about ocean conservation for She lives & works in Denver, Colorado where she runs her “Inland Sea Studio” and private gallery.



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