Art professor headed to the Arctic Circle

The Arctic Circle is an annual expeditionary residency program that brings together international artists, scientists, architects and educators to explore remote destinations and investigate rapid changes in the global climate. Now in its sixth year of residency, the program takes place on a specially outfitted sailing vessel.

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As a working contemporary artist, Adam Fung was selected for the 2016 program. He will depart in June, spending three weeks on site within the program working alongside 11 other artists and scientists.

“I am excited to participate in this amazing opportunity,” said Fung. “I have already begun planning a few projects, including a project tentatively titled ghost paintings, inflatable forms, and drone video/photography.

Ghost paintings are paintings on pre-made, un-stretched, malleable canvases created onboard the ship and on site for temporary use within the Arctic landscape. Inflatable forms, on the other hand, will be constructed pre-expedition to situate on site upon arrival.

“This residency will be a continued effort to use direct experience and field research to incorporate into artwork,” said Fung. “I have started incorporating this type of research into my courses at TCU, so my practice demonstrating this activity is important for students to see.

“My projects in the Arctic are a way to demonstrate how art and science can work together.”

The annual Arctic Circle program works with a growing network of curators, gallerists, arts presenters and institutions to engage with the public and communicate ideas and findings that result from the expeditionary program.

Fung is an assistant professor of art at TCU and teaches studio art classes in painting and drawing in the School of Art. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in studio art from Western Washington University and a Master of Fine Art in painting from the University of Notre Dame.