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The Worst Journey - and the Best Journey to Create a Polar Expedition Graphic Novel

The Worst Journey - and the Best Journey to Create a Polar Expedition Graphic Novel

Features | Artists and Writers Program
Monday June 15, 2020

Artist Sarah Airriess is sharing one of the most celebrated accounts of the golden age of Antarctic exploration with a new generation. The Worst Journey in the World is the acclaimed memoir by Apsley Cherry-Garrard, a member of Robert Falcon Scott's final, ill-fated Antarctic expedition.


Hacking Science with Microscopic Photography

Hacking Science with Microscopic Photography

Features | Artists and Writers Program
Monday June 03, 2019

Ariel Waldman is a true renaissance woman. As an artist, author, innovation advisor, and scientist (often all at the same time) she built a career fueled by her passion for making science as accessible as possible. She spent five weeks in Antarctica collecting and photographing microorganisms that live in the glaciers, sea ice and ponds in the Dry Valleys and on Ross Island.


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Apr
28
2016

The Aesthetics of Antarctic Architecture

Features | Artists and Writers Program

The current aesthetics of McMurdo station and its field camps are not likely to go down in history as great achievements of modern architecture. But for photographer Shaun O'Boyle, this weathered, utilitarian look was a part of what attracted him to Antarctica.


Jun
29
2015

All Creatures Great and Small

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The story of how Los Angeles-based artist Lily Simonson ended up scuba diving under the sea ice in Antarctica begins with a tale about lobsters, moths and yeti crabs.


Oct
30
2014

Through the Looking Glass

Features | Artists and Writers Program

There's a saying that necessity is the mother of invention. April Surgent discovered that being trapped by ice at a research station in Antarctica for the better part of two months required a little flexibility and ingenuity when it came to fulfilling her artistic vision.


Feb
14
2014

Little Oblivion

Features | Artists and Writers Program

After graduating with a Masters of Fine Arts degree, Susan J. Allspaw Pomeroy did what any other poet and academic would do: She jumped on a research boat to Antarctica to work as a tech writer. More than a dozen years later, Pomeroy published her debut book of poetry about her first love: Antarctica.


Dec
27
2013

Poetic License

Features | Artists and Writers Program

When poet Jynne Martin learned the National Science Foundation sponsored an Antarctic Artists and Writers Program, she immediately applied for a chance to visit the place of her childhood dreams. She followed seals and scientists in the pursuit to learn about the research for her next book of poetry.


Aug
08
2013

Not Flat

Features | Artists and Writers Program

Katharine Coles isn't your stereotypical poet. She founded the Utah Symposium in Science and Literature, and she comes from a family of scientists. So it certainly wasn't a stretch that her interest in science would take her to Antarctica on a grant from the National Science Foundation.


May
02
2013

Final Countdown

Features | Artists and Writers Program

Anthony Powell has been working on his documentary about the world's coldest continent for about a decade now. Finally, Antarctica: A Year on Ice will start hitting movie theaters this summer.


Apr
12
2013

Airy Words

Features | Artists and Writers Program

Charles Hood's latest work, South x South, celebrates Antarctica's aviation history and unique culture through a series of poems, from the playful to the meditative. His work was supported by a grant from the NSF's Artists and Writers Program.


Mar
15
2013

Developing New Perspectives

Features | Artists and Writers Program

Larissa Min's family is originally from Korea. She was born in Brazil. At age 12, her family migrated from South America to the United States. The creative writer naturally tackles themes of identity and displacement. Her next continental shift will take place in Antarctica.


Jan
27
2012

Embedded with scientists

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Chris Linder has taken part in two dozen research expeditions over the last decade, many of them to the polar regions. It seemed only a matter of time before he produced a book on his experiences from four of those expeditions, including one to Antarctica and a visit with the continent's iconic bird, the Adélie penguin.


Aug
26
2011

Birth of Antarctic Science

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Historian Edward Larson believes an important thread is missing from the vast tapestry of lore that has been spun about the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration. Many of the men who toiled, suffered and even died in the early 20th century did so first and foremost in the pursuit of science.


Aug
19
2011

The Art of Science

Features | Artists and Writers Program

Poet Katharine Coles went to Palmer Station on an Antarctic Artists and Writers grant from the National Science Foundation. What compelled her to go? She answers as only a poet can: Truth, of course. Cheek-to-cheek contact with the sublime. Insight into the nature of reality.


Feb
11
2011

Science Takes Off

Features | Artists and Writers Program

Charles Hood's book will explore the relationship between aviation and science in Antarctica. He wonders: Is there really a strong relationship between flying and doing research? The answer from the scientists themselves: It's simple. No airplanes means no science.


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