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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. As the Permafrost layer conintues to melt polygons are becoming more widely seen.

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What Makes Ice Blue

Blue ice occurs when snow falls on a glacier, is compressed, and becomes very dense. The density of the ice squeezes out the spectrum of red and yellow waves of light, leaving only the blue bands of light.

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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 dynamic photographic study into climate 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 our international team of Award Winning Photographers as we venture out into the arctic and bring back our interpretation of Arctic Art.

In The News-

Arctic Arts Project Director Kerry Koepping Appointed as Affiliate Partner to INSTAAR

As the University of Colorado’s oldest institute, INSTAAR has a long history of responding to pressing environmental issues. The primary focus of INSTAAR has been on polar and alpine regions, where effects of global change are especially pronounced. Research topics vary widely and include Quaternary and modern environments, human and ecosystem ecology, biogeochemistry, landscape evolution, hydrology, oceanography, and climate. The Arctic Arts Project will act as visual communicator to the research currently being conducted in the Arctic. Project Director, Kerry Koepping, and the Arctic Art's Team of Artists will focus on bringing the visual response to this research and educating the world at large as to its findings.


Joshua Holko named 2015 Arctic Photographer of the Year

Protecting the Kill 2015

“No animal is more symbolic of the Arctic than the Polar Bear.”

Specializing in the Polar and sub-Polar regions of the globe, Joshua celebrates the extreme latitudes of the Polar environment. An ambassador for the Polar Regions he gave up the corporate world to pursue his true passion for photography.

Orvar Atli Porgoeirrson 2015 Arctic Landscape Photograph of the Year

Ice Fjord Village

A mountain adventurer since his teenage years, Orvar has become obsessed with the Arctic wilderness and raw beauty of the places he has visited. Over the years he has captured some of the Arctic's most wild places from the colorful and never ending midsummer arctic sunset to the inspiring displays of northern lights in winter.

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?"

Copyright 2015 Scripps Media, Inc. All rights reserved.


L'Artico che cambia: tre anni di riscaldamento globale

Fantastic article from -Itlay Fall 2015




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 2016.




"To See Things Differently"

"To See Things Differently in 2015" from Arctic Arts Project on Vimeo.

Our two videos from the Arctic Circle Assembly in Reykjavik, Iceland were a big hit! Enjoy it and share it globally.


Expedition Update for 2016

Scoresby Sound Greenland- August 2016

Join International Award Winning Photographers Kerry Koepping, Iurie Belegurschi and Orvar Atli Porgoeirrson for an unforgetable expedition up the east coast of Greenland, through Scoresby Sound. 6 photo tours are being lead through Iceland Photo Tours. Dates are July 26- September 15. Remaining Space is very limited and the expeditions are booking fast.

Our Departures:
26 July- 4 August 2016       Sold Out
2 August - 11 August 2016    3 Spots available
9 August - 18 August 2016     Sold Out 
16 August - 25 August 2016    Sold Out
30 August - 8 September 2016   6 Spots available  
You might see the Northern Lights on this departure
6 September - 15 September 2016    4 Spots available   
You might see the Northern Lights on this departure

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



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.
As anticipated, this cave does not exist as it did in the winter of 2015. As of February 2016 the glacier has now retreated more than 120 meters, year over year.


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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 2016 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.