American Cultural Ambassador David Jakupca is officially credited and accepted with being the Spiritual Father of the Environmental Art Movement by many organizations including the United Nations, Earth Island Institute, Time Magazine, State of Ohio and many others.

 David Jakupca
American Cultural Ambassador
Universal Peace Ambassador
Spiritual Father of the Environmental Art Movement
Fonder of the International Center for Environmental Arts (ICEA)

American Cultural Ambassadors
David and Renate Jakupca

    This is due primarily to his pioneer work on The 'Theory of Iceality' on Environmental Arts:which is a practical study of the aesthetics of the relationship between Humans and their Environment through Arts and Culture, ultimately promoting an effective sustainable  global Culture of Peace between All Living Things. ( Human, Plant and Animal kingdoms)

David and Renate Jakupca are also responsible for enlightening the art community to the new genre of Environmental Art when they founded the International Center for Environmental Arts (ICEA) in 1987 at the historic ARK in Berea , Ohio.  ICEA was organized into three divisions:  Environmental, Humanities, Arts and Culture. As the first professional art organization to be solely dedicated  to this endeavor, this has made ICEA to be the leading force in the Environmental arts and a force for socially responsible activity. 

According to Jakupca, beginning with ICEA, the Environmental Arts Genre has grown exponentially and has over the past decades  spawned a wide variety of very similar phrases and art terms such as; eco art, land art, ecoventions, natural art, green art, outdoor art, earth art, recycled art, sustainable art, ecodedsign, etc. These can be all be considered sub-categories under the umbrella of the main Environmental Art Genre. 


David and Renate Jakupca
American Cultural Ambassadors
Universal Peace Ambassadors
ARK in Berea
Ambassador David Jakupca
with the Italian Medal of Arts
for designing the
'Worlds Children Peace Monument'
2003, Verbania Italy
State of Ohio Recognizes
  Environmental Artist
ARK in Berea

Jakupca asserts that, "Respect for human and environmental rights and
greater understanding between people from different racial and religious backgrounds must be the first step of society in today's fast-changing, globalized world."  Maxim effort of his Iceality Theory was put into the design of the Great American Peace trail (GAPT) and the Worlds Children Peace Monument (WCPM), which received the Italian Medal of Arts in Verbania Italy.

The goal is accomplished according to Jakupca, "Is by focusing on the creative process and affirming that Environmental Art is a catalyst for social change by empowering participants, transforming environments and contributing to collective healing and economic development."

Jakupca's Theory on Environmental Arts (ICEALITY*) was enthusiastically
embraced by the United Nations by 1990 and was featured in many of their World Conferences;

   1- 1992 Earth Summit on the Environment, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
   2- 1993 World Conference on Human Rights, Vienna, Austria
   3- 1994 World Conference on Population and Development, Cairo, Egypt   
   4- 1995 World Conference on Women, Beijing, China
   5- 1996 Habitat II- UN Conference on Human Settlements, Istanbul, Turkey
   6- 2000 World's Fair, Expo2000, Hannover, Germany
   7- 2001 World Conference on Racism, Durban, South Africa
   8- 2002 World Summit on Sustainability, Johannesburg, South Africa
   9- 2003 World Conference on Peace, Verbania, Italy
   10- 2005 World Conference on Peace, Verbania, Italy
   11- 2007 World Peace Conference, Santa Fe, New Mexico

The result of this major global public promotion at the United Nations level, is that the Theory of Iceality on Environmental Arts is now considered as the cornerstone of the modern sustainable global Environmental Art Movement and this concept is now replicated by urban designers, architects and artists throughout the World. However, it must be noted that not all of Jakupca's contemporaries did
accepted the new theory at once. "David Jakupca is the Prototype. No one ever did it All with his kind of style, grace and madness", says Martin B. Lane.

HABITAT II - Revisited
UN Conference on Cities
Spiritual Father Recognition
City of Cleveland









At the ARK in Berea, David Jakupca stated that the special 'Theory of Iceality' belongs to a class of "principle-theories". As such it employs an analytic method. This means that the three elements which comprise
this theory, Humanitarian, Environmental, Arts and Culture, are not based on hypothesis but on empirical discovery. The empirical discovery leads to understanding the general characteristics of natural processes. Practical models can then be developed which separate the natural processes into theoretical-mathematical descriptions. Therefore, by analytical means the necessary conditions that have to be satisfied are deduced. Separate events must satisfy these conditions. Experience should then match the conclusions.

The special 'Theory of Iceality' and the general natural processes are connected. As stated above, the special 'Theory of Iceality' applies to all inertial physical phenomena and its relation to all other forces of nature.

ICEALITY" is the measure of the connection between the environment plus civic engagement through arts and culture which results in a sustainable positive and peaceful quality of life for all living things.

North East Ohio Area has been 'branded' as the Home of the Environmental Art(s) Movement by the International Center for Environmental Arts (ICEA) to  foster civic identity, cultivate tourism, and brand Ohio Environmental Arts and Culture in the Bioregion.

1994 Cleveland Magazine
Readers Choice Award
Favorite Artist

by Christa Herbert:

  • -- The Environmental Arts Movement started by the The International Center for Environmental Arts (ICEA) founded  by David and Renate Jakupca in 1987.
  • -- Environmental Art is the true indigenous art form of the greater Cleveland, Ohio area.
  • -- The ARK in Berea is the home to the global Environmental Art Movement.
  • -- David Jakupca is the recognized leader and the Spiritual Father of the Environmental Art Movement.
  • -- In 1993 in Vienna, Austria at the World Conference on Human Rights, ICEA, with the approval of U.S. Delegates, Jimmy Carter and Geraldine Ferraro, began recycling and promoting United Nations' World Conferences.
  • -- Through this partnership with the United Nations, ICEA has influenced a global audience of literally billions of people.
  • -- Environmental Art was used by the National Endowment for the Arts as part of their 1997 American Canvas Project that is currently used in all 50 districts.
  • -- In 2000, David and Renate Jakupca were appointed American Cultural Ambassadors representing the US at EXPO2000, The Worlds Fair held in Hanover, Germany.
  • -- Environmental Art is now the number one movement in Cleveland, Ohio
  • -- Environmental Art is the number one movement in America.
  • -- Environmental Art is the number one movement Worldwide.


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At the formation of ICEA, Canadian activist Rick Coronado from Great Lakes United forecasted, “The International Center for Environmental Arts (ICEA), founded by David and Renate Jakupca, will act as our benchmark by which we can measure change and continuity in everything from the environment to relations between people through the Arts. But more than that, it will remind us that we are not the first people, native and immigrants alike, to face difficult choices in troubled times".

“The International Center for Environmental Arts (ICEA) is the blueprint that all all arts organizations should aspire to worldwide. Inspirational, groundbreaking, innovative, encouraging and most important all inclusive. Creativity is strong in ICEA’s hands. Ben Chavis, UCC at the Earth Summit 1992

"We at the Interchurch Council of Greater Cleveland praise the work of God's Spirit on behalf of human rights through the United Nations.  We marvel at the results of the work of the Spirit; We applaud those inspired instruments of Peace who relentlessly and courageously promote and defend human rights;
And we reaffirm our commitment to do our part in bringing this sacred and colossal mission to fruition."  Letter of Support from the Interchurch Council of Cleveland,  Rev. Thomas Olcott., Ex. Dir., June 15th, 1993.

"The Jakupca's efforts prove that art can, perhaps even should, be political and progressive."
Cleveland Magazine, upon receiving the 1994 Reader's Choice Award for Best Artist. 

"David Jakupca and his International Center for Environmental Arts (ICEA) is a team of art experts who have successfully fused not-for-profit idealism with for-profit pragmatism. The result is the country's only comprehensive professional artist run cultural program exclusively devoted to environmental and humanitarian concerns facing mankind in the 21st century. Spending his time devising strategies that have allowed his art work to influence people worldwide in promoting a better way of living, the ‘better way’ is by successfully demonstrating that a socially aware artist with a vision can make a real difference at the global level. Ed Burns, President Cleveland Jaycees 1994

"I would like to congratulate you on the successful presentation of the Habitat II Conference Exhibit in Cleveland, Ohio during your city's Bicentennial celebration.  Activities and support of the objectives of the United Nations by non-governmental organizations such as yours are, indeed, one of the most important means for informing public opinion.  We greatly appreciate the contribution you have made."  Mian Qadrud-din, Director of Public Services, United Nations 1996.

 "Thank you for your recent letter and the accompanying materials about the impact of your exhibit, 'Endangered Spaces' for the American Canvas Project.  Environmental Art is extremely worthwhile and I am glad to hear that it is reaching a global audience."  Jane Alexander, Chairman, National Endowment of the Arts, January 3, 1997.


  "People doing extraordinary things to preserve the environment."
Time Magazine, Nominated as Heroes of the Planet, April 2000



 "In recognition of participation in the establishment of better ties amongst nations.  The holder of this memento is hereby honored for a positive contribution towards and participation in the establishment of a better future for South Africa and the World especially the upliftment of children  and those in need living in poverty without jobs and food."  Nelson Mandela, 2001 UN Conference Against Racism in Durban, SA



"David and Renate Jakupca have been the leaders in showing how the Theory of Iceality works -- how small changes can lead to big ones. It is particularly fitting that as they approach the zenith of their careers, it coincides with this year's award. They are universally recognized and have been the honored guests at an extraordinary number of lectures and symposia all over the globe celebrating the Iceality of Peace."  
India Keyes, Community Cultural Activist, Freedom Award 2012



"With the founding of the 'Great American Peace Trail', the Pathfinders [David and Renate Jakupca] have blazed a Trail in the History of Peace so that all others may follow,  this is a natural extension of Man's capabilities"  Christ Herbert, City of Parma Educator, at Parma Peace Stone Ceremony.