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Polygon Hummocks

Polygons can form either in permafrost areas or in areas that are affected by seasonal frost. The Arctic Arts Project has now photographed these Hummocks in Alaska and Greenland.

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What Makes Ice Blue

Blue ice occurs when snow falls on a glacier, is compressed, and becomes part of a glacier that winds its way toward a body of water. During its travels, air bubbles that are trapped in the ice are squeezed out, and the size of the ice crystals increases, making it clear.

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Tundra Change

As sea ice extent declined over the past years, Arctic tundra has received an increased amount of summer warmth and has gotten greener. Arctic tundra is a maritime biome, most of which can be found within 100 kilometers of seasonally ice-covered seas.

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Where the Arctic Meets The Arts

Welcome to The Arctic Arts Project a multi-year photographic study into change in the peri-arctic. The project looks to capture change in the purist of art forms and will be used to promote dialog between the science community and the art world. What does change look like? Where and how does it occur, and what will be the platform for meaningful dialog. Join us as we venture out into the arctic and bring back our interpretation of Arctic Art.

Colorado photographer measures climate change with his camera.

By: Cory Reppenhagen-

September 10, 2015

Numerical data and graphs about climate change can even bore weather nerds to tears, but when that data manifests itself visually, it gets some attention.
Colorado photographer Kerry Koepping set out into the Arctic for 36 months, to measure global warming using just his camera. The results successfully show dramatic change, as well as incredible beauty. The warming atmosphere of the Arctic creates brand new landscapes every single year.

September is normally the time when sea ice reaches it's minimum point for the year. According to the National Snow and Ice Data Center, 2015 is on pace to be the third or fourth lowest in satellite history.

Koepping's Arctic Arts Project will be on display at NCAR's (National Center for Atmospheric Research) Mesa Lab until March. Like all the displays there, it is free to the public. You can see specific examples of change, like 400 feet of ancient ice lost from an ice cave at the Vatnajokull Ice Cap in Iceland, and extensive vegetation growth in areas that were frozen tundra just a few years ago.

"I think it is important that the Arctic has a voice," Koepping told 7News, "that's not politically based, it's not corporately based, it's driven by the reality of - here's the visual, now you make your decision on how to effect change or is there change?"

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Sea Ice Update
March 2015

NSIDC- Arctic Sea Ice News

Arctic sea ice extent in February averaged 14.41 million square kilometers (5.56 million square miles). This is the third lowest February ice extent in the satellite record. It is 940,000 square kilometers (362,900 square miles) below the 1981 to 2010 long-term average of 15.35 million square kilometers (5.93 million square miles). It is also 50,000 square kilometers (19,300 square miles) above the record low for the month observed in 2005.




Inuit Culture

The Evolution of a Culture-

Faced with the decline of winter sea, ice necessary for winter hunting, and the ever present need for income. Will this culture succumb to pressures from the mining and energy worlds and abandon their historical roots as a culture? Watch for more coming in 2015.


Expedition Update

Scoresby Sound Greenland- August 2015

International Award Winning Photographers Iurie Belegurschi and Kerry Koepping co-guided an expedition up the east coast of Greenland, through Scoresby Sound. The photo tour was being lead through Iceland Photo Tours.


International Award Winning Photographers Iurie Belegurschi and Kerry Koepping in the tundra of North Scoresby Sound Greenland.



Arctic Arts Project to Present at This Years Arctic Circle Summit

Reykjavik, Iceland October 15-18

The Arctic Arts Project is a proud participant in this years Arctic Circle Summit.  
The annual Arctic Circle Assembly has become the largest international gathering on the Arctic, attended by more than 1500 participants from close to 50 countries. The Assembly is held every October at the Harpa Conference Center and Conference Hall in Reykjavík, Iceland. In addition, the Arctic Circle organizes smaller forums on specific subjects, such as the 2015 forums in Alaska and Singapore, and the 2016 forums in Québec and Greenland. 
The unique arts and cultural attributes of the Arctic will also be presented through a variety of performances, exhibitions and programs. The Arctic Arts Project will be presenting 2 new promotional videos showcasing the latest imagery from our award winning international team of photographers: Kerry Koepping, Iurie Belegurschi, Örvar Atli Þorgeirsson, Marc Muench, Andy Williams and Joshua Holko


"To See Things Differently" from Arctic Arts Project on Vimeo.

Watch for the latest video coming October 15th!


Kinetic Journeys
Millenium in the Works

The Art of Communicating Change

For good or ill, change is a constant. Environmentally speaking, climate change appears as a rapid course of kinetic evolution. As the human existence is wrapped in questions both profound and complex regarding this change, one question that surfaces for me as an artist is: What does profound kinetic evolution look like? What is the visual response to these changes in our environment? The Arctic Arts Project looks to artistically capture the exquisite art and essence of the Arctic change; the colors, the light, the textures, the forces of change that create a sense of visceral beauty within its evolution. The Project intends to create a photographic fine art collection of works that span the northern most hemisphere of our planet. Join us as we journey through the arctic over time, exploring the visual response to Climate Change.



The Evolution of a Glacier Cave-

Most glacier caves are started by water running through or under the glacier. This water often originates on the glacier’s surface through melting, entering the ice at a moulin and exiting at the glacier’s snout at base level. Heat transfer from the water can cause sufficient melting to create an air-filled cavity, sometimes aided by solifluction. Air movement can then assist enlargement through melting in summer and sublimation in winter.
Some glacier caves are formed by geothermal heat from volcanic vents or hotsprings beneath the ice. An extreme example is the Kverkfjöll glacier cave in the Vatnajökull glacier in Iceland, measured in the 1980s at 2.8 kilometres (1.7 mi) long with a vertical range of 525 metres (1,722 ft).
Some glacier caves are relatively unstable due to melting and glacial motion, and are subject to localized or complete collapse, as well as elimination by glacial retreat.
Glacier caves may be used by glaciologists to gain access to the interior of glaciers. The study of glacier caves themselves is sometimes called "glaciospeleology".
The Vatnajokull "Crystal Cave" pictured above, as seen in February of 2015, has retreated more than 100 meters in one years time. Volcanic sediment in this cave has been documented at 1300 years old. It is anticipated that this cave will not exist in its current form after the 2015 summer melt.


"To See Things Differently"
An Exhibit on Change- Show Is Extended Through March 2016!

Now Showing- Open Daily to the Public
Boulder, Colorado

Be sure to catch this major exhibition of Arctic Arts Photography. Now showing at The NCAR Mesa Labs Faciltiy through March 2016.




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Our 2015 Arctic Partners

The Arctic Arts Project is a privately funded organization dedicated to bringing a voice to the Arctic through its amazing photographic perspective. We are greatful for the invovlement of our partners in this journey.