Come to know the true North
Coté has exhibited his work nationally and internationally. He received his master’s of fine arts in sculpture and extended media at Virginia Commonwealth University and bachelor’s of fine arts at Western Washington University in sculpture and photography. He was an artist-in-residence at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art and the Arctic Circle, an artist- and scientist-led research expedition to the high Arctic. He has been a Polar Lab artist-in-residence with the Anchorage Museum since 2013, visiting both Alaska and Iceland as part of the residency. His View From Up Here project is a collaboration with conductor and composer Paul Haas of New York City.
Daniaux and Pigot met in 2001 and began working collaboratively that year. Their joint work bridges experimentation, installation and performance, using video, sound, music, poetry, and photography. Their works explore climate change, economic, political and geo-strategic issues, urban development and food management. The work was shown in leading institutions in France and in Europe. In addition to their Arctic work in Scandinavia and Russia, the artists have been Polar Lab artists-in-residence with the Anchorage Museum since 2014, traveling twice to Alaska’s Arctic.
Born in Sitka, Alaska, Galanin is a multi-disciplinary artist and musician. Having trained extensively in both “traditional” and “contemporary” approaches to art, he pursues them both in parallel paths. His bodies of work both preserve his culture and explore new perceptual territory. Galanin studied at the London Guildhall University, where he received a bachelor’s of fine arts in jewelry design and silversmithing and at Massey University in New Zealand, where he earned a master’s degree in Indigenous visual arts. His work explores the politics of cultural representation.
Grade lives and works in Seattle, WA. He creates large-scale sculptures that are exhibited internationally in museums, galleries, and outdoors in urban spaces and nature. His projects are designed to change over time and often involve collaboration with large groups of people to build and install. Grade is a recipient of the Metcalf Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Tiffany Foundation Award, an Andy Warhol Foundation Award, two Pollock-Krasner Foundation grants, the Arlene Schnitzer Prize from the Portland Art Museum (Oregon), and an Arts Innovator Award from Artist Trust in Washington. For his View From Up Here installation, Grade made multiple trips to the Arctic in both Alaska and Iceland.
Hoover is an artist, Indigenous issues activist, filmmaker, and founder of the non-profit First Light Alaska. She earned master’s degrees in Native American art history and Indigenous documentary filmmaking and bachelor’s degrees in art history and interdisciplinary fine arts from the University of Washington. She currently resides in Alaska.
Kapeller was a founding partner of the Norwegian architecture firm Snøhetta. Since his relocation to Los Angeles, his firm CK Architecture has won numerous prizes and awards in international design competitions. Kapeller received his Dipl. Ing. of Architecture in Graz, Austria, and his master of architecture at the University of Southern California. Kapeller has lectured, written and published a number of critical articles and has been a member of the design faculty at the University of Southern California School of Architecture. For his View From Up Here installation, he traveled to the Alaska Arctic on two excursions to document yedomas. Yedoma is a term coined by Russian scientists to describe an ice-rich permafrost mound that rises above the surrounding terrain. Kapeller documented the most outstanding of Alaska’s known yedomas, the Itkillik River permafrost cliffs that formed thousands of years ago when bison, lions and muskoxen roamed the dry, cold grasslands of Alaska.
Norn investigates modes of mapping, measuring, and sensing the environment. Her work considers practices in the natural sciences and art that involve a situated engagement with the world through instrumentation and process. Norn has studied at the Berlin University of the Arts and received her bachelor’s degree in scenography at the Academy of State Arts. Norn visited the Alaska Arctic as part of her Polar Lab residency with the Anchorage Museum. Her View From Up Here installation features her work with Greenlandic people to create a series of videos that run 24-hours revealing the daily life of Arctic people. The work is a collaboration with artists Ole Kristensen and Daniel Plewe.
Ranis has a master’s of fine arts degree from the Academy of Fine Arts in Wroclaw, Poland, and is a sculptor, installation and video artist, photographer and a painter. Since 1994, Ranis has focused on environmental art and is the creator of more than 50 large-scale environmental installations in United States, Poland, Germany, France, Iceland, Holland, Taiwan and Australia. Ranis has received many prestigious grants and has participated in numerous residencies and art symposiums in Europe, United States, North America, Asia, Africa and Australia. He has participated in more than 70 international solo and group exhibitions. He is currently a professor of sculpture at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He has multiple experiences within the Arctic and been a Polar Lab artist-in-residence with the Anchorage Museum since 2013.
Walde is an intermedia artist, composer, and curator. His body of work suggests unexpected interconnections between landscape, identity, and technology and includes painting, photography, printmaking, video, installation, and audio. Walde received his bachelor of fine art degree from the University of Western Ontario and his master’s degree from New York University. In addition to his studio practice, Walde is an active lecturer, curator, teacher and writer. He currently resides in Victoria, British Columbia, where he is associate professor of visual arts and department chair at the University of Victoria.
Mattingly is an American visual artist living and working in New York. She has studied at Parsons School of Design and received her bachelor of fine arts degree from Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, Oregon. She is the recipient of a Yale University School of Art Fellowship. Mattingly explores the themes of home, travel, cartography, human relationships, and the environment. She has been recognized for creating photographs and sculptures depicting and representing futuristic and obscure landscapes, for making “wearable” sculpture and homes, and for her ecological installations. Her View From Up Here installation is the Arctic Food Forest on the lawn outside the museum.
Snæbjörnsdóttir and Wilson conduct their collaborative practice from bases in the north of England and Reykjavík, Iceland. With a strong research grounding, their socially engaged projects explore contemporary relationships between human and non-human animals in the contexts of history, culture and the environment. The work is installation-based, using objects, text, photography and video. They have been Polar Lab artists-in-residence with the Anchorage Museum since 2015.
Toirkens is an independent photographer and filmmaker. He studied photographic design at the Royal Academy for the Visual Arts in The Hague. His work focuses on social documentary photography and slow journalism and has published extensively in national and international newspapers and magazines. For his work in the View From Up Here exhibition, Toirkens traveled to Little and Big Diomede islands of Alaska and Russia in 2015 to document the history and living culture of a population separated by geography and politics.