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April Waters: Water-Ice-Sky, Antarctica


Summary Note

April Waters, a member of the Antarctic Artists and Writers Collective, spent three weeks at Palmer Station, Antarctica, in 2018 through the NSF’s Antarctic Artist and Writer’s Program. After returning home, she created paintings from her observations.

Biographical Note

April Waters is an Oregon artist whose artist practice at first focused on “Sheroes,” prominent women in the humanities and often concerned with environmental justice. Her practice then broadened to the subject of water in its many manifestations worldwide. Waters has a Bachelor of Fine Art from University of Colorado, in Boulder, and worked for many years as a registered nurse. Her paintings can be found in the collections of the Hallie Ford Museum of Art, Oregon State University, Mount Angel Library, as well as many places of healing. Her painting "Wizard Island, Crater Lake," was exhibited at the American Embassy in Kyrgyzstan through the United States Arts in Embassies Program. Her work has been featured in numerous exhibitions over the past thirty years, including a one person show in the office of Oregon’s Governor. Waters is a prominent member of the Antarctic Artists and Writers Collective.

Scope and Content

April Waters spent three weeks in residence at the Palmer Station on the Antarctic Peninsula in 2018 as a participant in the National Science Foundation’s Antarctic Artist and Writers Program. She photographed, drew, and took notes each day on the rapidly changing icescape, ocean, and atmosphere. She then returned home to her studio in Salem, Oregon to create paintings from her observations, including a 17-foot-long panorama of the Maar Glacier across from the station.

Materials include documents, digital images, exhibition ephemera, press materials, and video.


Folders are organized chronologically by subject.

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Quantity / Extent

.25 cubic feet



Related Archive Collections

  • CAE1107: Stephen Eastaugh: Antarctic Work
  • CAE1202: David Rosenthal: Paintings of the North and South Polar Regions
  • CAE1910: Helen Glazer: Walking in Antarctica

Related Publications

Andrews, Lynne. Antarctic Eye: The Visual Journal. Mornington, Tasmania: Studio One, 2007.

Ehrlich, Gretel. In the Empire of Ice: Encounters in a Changing Landscape. Washington, DC: National Geographic, 2010.

Fox, William L. Terra Antarctica: Looking into the Emptiest Continent. San Antonio, TX: Trinity University Press, 2005.

Hince, Bernadette. The Antarctic Dictionary. Collingwood, Australia: CSIRO Publishing: Museum of Victoria, 2000.

Leane, Elizabeth. South Pole. London, UK: Reaktion Books Ltd, 2016.

Container Listing:

  • CAE Box 272

    • Folder 1 NSF Artist-in-Residency Proposal, 2017
    • Folder 2 In the Field, 2018
    • Folder 3 Antarctic Paintings, 2020 – 2022
    • Folder 4 Water-Ice-Sky Exhibition, 2022