About the Exhibition

In 2015, artist Helen Glazer traveled to Antarctica as a grantee of the National Science Foundation’s Antarctic Artists and Writers Program, in order to photograph ice and geological formations for eventual production as photographic prints and sculpture. She worked out of remote Antarctic scientific field camps and had access to protected areas that can only be entered with government permits or in the company of a skilled mountaineer.

Inspired and informed by her experiences, Walking in Antarctica is an immersive, interdisciplinary exhibition bringing together photography, sculpture, and audio narrative to take the viewer on a journey through an extraordinary environment of remote places that the tourist ships do not reach and few people get to witness in person. The exhibition is organized as a series of “walks” through remarkable Antarctic landscapes: over frozen lakes, around towering glaciers and baroque sea ice formations, into a magnificent frozen ice cave, across fields of surreal-looking boulders, and through a lively colony of nesting Adélie penguins. Visitors to the exhibition who have smartphones will be able to access an audio tour narrated by Glazer, drawn from a blog in which she recorded her experiences.

Through her artwork, Glazer strives to convey the wonder and complexity of the natural world to others, in order to motivate a desire to protect and preserve wild places. Her study of earth science over the past several years heightened her awareness of multiple factors shaping the land over time. In recognizing that complex patterns in nature express the particular physical forces at work, she became more attuned to the interplay between geology, climate, life forms, and human activity in a given location.

This project is organized by Mid-America Arts Alliance and is an adaptation of the artist’s solo exhibition of the same title held at the Rosenberg Gallery at Goucher College (Baltimore, MD) that was funded in part by grants from the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance and the Puffin Foundation. Creation of this work was made possible in part by a Rubys Artist Project Grant, a program of the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance conceived and initiated with funding from the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation, and by a Puffin Foundation Artist Grant.

Faculty Liaison: Brian Walker, PhD, Professor of Biology

Image: Helen Glazer, Fractal Arch, Erebus Ice Tongue Cave, Antarctica, 2015, archival pigment print. © Helen Glazer

Explore the Exhibition

Browse Selected Images

Helen Glazer: Walking in Antarctica

Audio Tour

Artist Helen Glazer narrates this guided tour of her experiences in Antarctica.

Helen Glazer · Walking in Antarctica - Exhibition Audio Tour

Virtual Tour


Events listed below with a location are live, in-person programs. When possible, those events will also be streamed on thequicklive.com and the recordings posted to our YouTube channel.


Opening Lecture: Helen Glazer

Thursday, February 1, 5 p.m.

Kelley Theatre, Quick Center for the Arts and streaming on the thequicklive.com
Presented as part of the Edwin L. Wiesel Jr. Lectureships in Art History, funded by the Robert Lehman Foundation

Note: we will have shuttles between the Quick Center and Bellarmine Hall between 4-8:30 p.m.

Opening Reception: Helen Glazer: Walking in Antarctica

Thursday, February 1, 6-8 p.m.

Bellarmine Hall Great Hall and Bellarmine Hall Galleries

Family Day: Ice and Snow

Saturday, February 24 12:30-2 p.m., 2:30-4 p.m.

Bellarmine Hall, Museum Classroom

Art in Focus: Helen Glazer, Blue Fractals, Erebus Ice Tongue Cave, Antarctica, 2015

Thursday, March 14 11 a.m. (in person) and 12 noon (streaming)

Bellarmine Hall Galleries and streaming on the thequicklive.com

Lecture: Long Ago and Far Away: Three “Summers” on a Remote Antarctic Island

Thursday, March 14, 5 p.m.

Brian Walker, PhD, Professor of Biology, Fairfield University
Diffley Board Room, Bellarmine Hall and streaming on the thequicklive.com

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