Exploring the Way Forward: AAWC Mini Symposium
The Museum’s Center for Art + Environment holds the largest archive collection of contemporary Antarctic art in the country. The Antarctic is the most extreme environment on Earth and art projects there are unique in their relationship to the environment. In conjunction with Adequate Earth, an online exhibition organized by the Antarctic Artists and Writers Collective, Peter E. Pool Director, Center for Art + Environment Bill Fox will lead a virtual mini-symposium with Sarah Airriess, Kirsten Carlson, Guy Guthridge, Ulrike Heine, Greg Neri, and Kim Stanley Robinson, to explore the future of creative producers in Antarctica.
Since the early 1980s, more than 120 artists, writers, composers, performers, and science communicators have traveled to Antarctica as part of the National Science Foundation’s Antarctic Artists and Writers Program (AAWP). In 2019, 13 former AAWP participants formed the program’s first alumni organization, the Antarctic Artists and Writers Collective (AAWC), with a mission “to inspire and educate the public about Antarctica and its scientific exploration through collaborations in the arts.” Adequate Earth presents the Antarctic works of the founding members of the Collective.