MEET THE TEAM
Angela - Founder and Artistic Director
Angela Haseltine Pozzi
Art for All
Angela was born in Portland, Oregon, to a family of artists and naturalists. As a child, she enjoyed a creative space in her mother’s studio with access to various art supplies, and she often used discarded items from the house to invent things. At the dinner table, she participated in lively discussions with her parents about art. And every summer was spent on Oregon’s ocean shore.
Angela believes in art for all— an accessible, participatory experience for every community member. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Education from the University of Utah, followed by a Master’s degree from Portland State University with an emphasis in arts education.
In her 30-year career as an educator, she has taught elementary through college students and lead museum programs. Her community mindset led her to spearhead many public art projects, community art, and artist-in-residency programs. She has also spent much of her career lecturing, consulting, creating and exhibiting her artwork in galleries and museums.
Since childhood, Angela’s art has featured recycled and repurposed materials. Her first body of professionally exhibited work, “Undetermined Species,” is a collection of coral reefs and invented invertebrates made from recycled clothes and thrift store items. Examples of her early work are available online at SeaThingsArt.com.
Art to Save the Sea
Angela’s artwork was thriving, and her work felt fulfilling when, in 2004, she experienced a tragic loss. Two years earlier, her husband of 25 years, Craig Pozzi (also an artist and teacher), collapsed with a brain tumor. He suffered a stroke the following year and subsequently passed away. In that moment of tragedy following Craig’s death, everything stopped. Searching for healing in the wake of loss, Angela went to the Pacific Ocean. What she found was an ocean in need of healing.
She began to research the source of the plastics she found littering the Southern Oregon shoreline. She learned of the marine debris choking oceans around the globe, threatening the environment and sea creatures she has loved since her youth.
Angela found her new calling in 2010: Making art to save the sea. Her father, an arts administrator, had taught her the importance and power of public art; and Angela realized that art is a language she could use to try to save the ocean.
Her creative approach to ocean stewardship found an enthusiastic response from Bandon area residents. And the non-profit Washed Ashore was born. Since then, more than 14,000 volunteers from Bandon and beyond have helped. They clean beaches, collecting over 35 tons worth of debris. With Angela’s artistic direction, they’ve worked to transform that debris into more than 85 giant sculptures depicting animals and sea life affected by plastic pollution.
Washed Ashore Project traveling exhibits have been displayed throughout the U.S. and Canada at zoos, aquariums, botanical gardens, science centers, and museums. In 2016, Angela created a special ongoing Washed Ashore exhibit for the Sant Ocean Hall of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC. The larger-than-life sculptures, along with interpretive education displays, inspire people of all ages and backgrounds to take action in their own lives to reduce plastic consumption and pollution.
“Until we run out of plastic on the beach, we will keep doing our work,” says Angela.
As artistic director for Washed Ashore, Angela continues to design and create sea creatures from the debris that washes ashore. And she leads our team of dedicated staff, with countless volunteers, to make a positive global impact on our environment.
We Need Your Help
Volunteers are essential at Washed Ashore!
From cleaning miles of beaches, to washing debris, drilling holes, cutting wires and stitching plastics together we could not create our giant sculptures without the thousands of hours donated annually to Washed Ashore.
Our volunteers are an integral part of the Washed Ashore team. It is true that every action counts and many of Washed Ashore’s accomplishments are attributed to our dedicated volunteers.
Due to Covid restrictions our in-person workshops are currently closed, but we still need your help. Until we can meet again, please continue cleaning up our beaches and waterways and dropping off the debris to Art 101 headquarters in Bandon, Oregon.
Thank you for your continued support, we couldn’t do it without you.