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I’m excited to announce that my first showcase of Antarctic-focused SciArt is part of an online group exhibition that launches this Thursday! I’m featuring a series of underwater field sketches and a multimedia presentation on the process of transforming them into undersea illuminations. It’s also the first exhibition for the Antarctic Artists and Writers Collective (AAWC), and I’m excited as Co-Chair of the Collective. Organizing an online exhibition in the time of a pandemic is definitely on the level with a gallery show and our curator, Ulrike Heine, has been stellar.

 

Below is the news release for the exhibition which includes a series of eight free virtual events that are to be hosted over the next four months. Shout out to fellow GNSI and AAWC members, Terri Nelson, who I first met at the 2016 conference in Santa Cruz, she mentored me in the ways of applying to the Antarctic Artists and Writers Grant and Michelle Schwengel-Regala, former collaborator, who is also a part of the exhibition.

 

 

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Adequate Earth Antarctic Group Exhibition | Undersea Illuminations
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Antarctic Artists and Writers Collective
NEWS RELEASE
January 14, 2021

Press Contact 
Helen Glazer, Media Chair, Antarctic Artists and Writers Collective
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The Antarctic Artists and Writers Collective launches its first online exhibition, Adequate Earth: Artists and Writers in Antarctica

Online Exhibition and Virtual Events, January 28 – May 22, 2021
aawcollective.com

 
(January 14, 2021) – On January 28, 2021, the Antarctic Artists and Writers Collective launches its first online exhibition, Adequate Earth: Artists and Writers in Antarctica, which features works by 13 former participants of the National Science Foundation’s Antarctic Artists and Writers Program (AAWP). The exhibition runs through May 22, 2021, and will be accompanied by a series of eight virtual events.
 
Since the early 1980s, over 120 writers, visual artists, composers, and performers have been selected by the National Science Foundation to work alongside scientists at one of the three United States research stations in Antarctica. As participants of the Antarctic Artists and Writers Program, they gain firsthand experience of the only continent with no permanent inhabitants, often dubbed "the continent of science" for the variety of research projects undertaken there. Without the disruption of human activity, Antarctica acts as a natural laboratory, where geological, ecological, and climatic changes are observed through in-depth, long-term studies. Bringing their unique perspectives and diverse practices, the artists take inspiration from the history of Antarctic exploration, scientific discoveries, and the unique landscape, to create works in response to the continent’s extreme and cognitively challenging environment. Many projects that started on “the Ice” and in the framework of the AAWP have continued to develop long after their authors’ return from Antarctica and have encouraged far-reaching conversations about the meaning of the continent in the past, the present, and the future.
 
The online exhibition Adequate Earth, which takes its title from a book of poetry written and published in the very early days of the Antarctic Artists and Writers Program, presents the projects of the 13 founding members of the Antarctic Artists and Writers Collective (AAWC). The Collective was founded in 2020 to inspire and educate the public about Antarctica and advocate for its vital role in understanding the world we live in. All of its 70 current members are past participants in the NSF Antarctic Artists and Writers Program. The Adequate Earth exhibition and events are the Collective’s first public initiative. Organized in four thematic sections and presenting works ranging from graphic arts to sculpture, photography, illustration, poetry, performance, and music, the exhibition not only introduces a selection of intriguing and innovative works to a broader audience but also offers a multi-faceted portrayal of present-day Antarctica.
 
Adequate Earth features works by Kirsten Carlson, Susan Fox Rogers, Helen Glazer, Henry Kaiser, Cheryl E. Leonard, Glenn McClure, Greg Neri, Shaun O’Boyle, Michelle Schwengel-Regala, Oona Stern, Patricia A. Suchy and Vince LiCata, and Karen Romano Young. The exhibition is curated by Ulrike Heine for the Antarctic Artists and Writers Collective. Support for the exhibition and events is provided by Aunt Karen’s Farm, SUNY Cobleskill, the Nevada Museum of Art, the Museum of Making Music and AAWC Exhibition Donors.
 
The full media kit is available at https://www.aawcollective.com/newsroom
 
Instagram: @antarcticcollective
Facebook: AntarcticCollective
Twitter: @AntarcticAWC
 
 
VIRTUAL EVENTS, January 28 – May 22, 2021
All events are free and open to the public. Registration for active participation is required on aawcollective.com/adequate-earth-events. All events will be live streamed.
 
Thursday, January 28, 2021 – 6 pm EST
Opening Reception
Introduction and short presentations by exhibition artists
Zoom Webinar (registration required) and Facebook Live
Hosted by Antarctic Artists and Writers Collective
 
Thursday, February 11, 2021 – 12 pm EST
Curator’s Talk with Ulrike Heine
Zoom Webinar (registration required) and Facebook Live
Hosted by Antarctic Artists and Writers Collective
 
Thursday, February 25 – 6 pm EST
Herbert Ponting’s The Great White Silence (1924) 
Virtual film screening and panel discussion with Patricia A. Suchy, Vince LiCata, Shaun O’Boyle, and Douglas C. MacLeod, Jr.
Zoom Webinar (registration required) and Facebook Live
Virtual film screening (registration required; limited capacity): February 18-25, 2021
Hosted by SUNY Cobleskill
 
Thursday, March 4, 2021 – 6 pm EST
Form, Pattern, and Materiality: Antarctic Landscape(s) and Sculptural Practices 
Presentations and panel discussion with Helen Glazer, Michelle Schwengel-Regala, Oona Stern, and Jann Rosen-Queralt
Zoom Webinar (registration required) and Facebook Live
Hosted by Antarctic Artists and Writers Collective
 
Thursday, March 18, 2021 – 12 pm EST
Tales and Pictures from Antarctica: Diving under the Ice and Climbing Glaciers for Science Communication
Presentations and discussion with Kirsten Carlson, Karen Romano Young, and Andrew Gascho Landis
Zoom Webinar (registration required) and Facebook Live
Hosted by SUNY Cobleskill
 
Friday, April 9, 2021 – 5 pm EDT/2 pm PDT
Antarctica: Music from the End of the World
Presentations and pre-recorded performances by Cheryl E. Leonard, Glenn McClure, and Henry Kaiser
YouTube Live
Presented by Museum of Making Music MoMM@Home
 
Thursday, April 29, 2021 – 6 pm EDT
Writing Antarctica 
Live readings and panel discussion with Greg Neri, Susan Fox Rogers, William L. Fox, and Leigh Ann Christain
Zoom Webinar (registration required) and Facebook Live
Hosted by SUNY Cobleskill
 
Saturday, May 22, 2021 – 2 pm EDT/11 am PDT
Exploring the Way Forward
Mini-Symposium with Sarah Airriess, Kirsten Carlson, Guy Guthridge, Ulrike Heine, Greg Neri, Kim Stanley Robinson, and William L. Fox
Zoom Webinar (registration required) and Facebook Live
Hosted by Center for Art + Environment at the Nevada Museum of Art

 

 

 

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