Arctic Circle Part 1: SACI Alumna Resa Blatman goes on expeditionary artist residency

Resa Blatman photographs the Arctic Circle

Resa Blatman photographs the Arctic Circle

Arctic Circle Part 1: SACI Alumna Resa Blatman

Resa Blatman in the Arctic Circle

Resa Blatman in the Arctic Circle

SACI Alumna, Resa Blatman (Spring 1984) went on an expeditionary artist residency with The Arctic Circle this summer. She photographed these magnificent landscapes in the Arctic Circle while sailing along the west coast of Svalbard, Norway, during the month of June 2015. They stopped at some of the Arctic’s most famous glaciers, to hike, explore, and take note of the beautiful, thunderous sounds of glaciers calving. At left, you can see Resa standing on the roof of the world’s seed bank in Longyearbyen (Svalbard), Norway, and below, her works with dried Arctic seaweed with painted Mylar.

Resa is extremely busy making, exhibiting, and talking about her art! Here is a list of current and upcoming dates where she exhibits:

  • September 2015 – May 2016
    Solo exhibition
    Museum of Arts and Sciences
    Macon, GA
  • October 2015
    Commission: A permanent, multi-layered project to be installed in late October 2015 at North Hill Residence – Needham, MA
  • September 23 – November 1, 2015
    Spotlight for Tempest
    Lunder Arts Center College of Art & Design – Cambridge, MA
  • October 16, 2015, 2-8pm.
    Green Arts Network Artist Showcase
    The Pozen Center at Massachusetts College of Art & Design
  • October 21, 2015, 6:30-8pm
    Artists in Unusual Places
    Gertrude’s Artist Salon at Mills Gallery
    Boston Center for the Arts – Boston, MA
  • November 9 – December 11, 2015
    Group show about the environment
    Carole Calo Gallery at Stonehill College – Easton, MA
  • January 21 – March 6, 2016
    Group show
    HEREart, 145 Sixth Avenue – New York, NY
  • February 22 – April 8, 2016
    Solo exhibition
    Foster Gallery, Noble and Greeenough School – Dedham, MA
  • July – September 2016
    Solo exhibition
    The Art Gallery at North Hill – Needham, MA
  • September – December 2016
    Group show
    Spartanburg Art Museum – Spartanburg, SC

Below you can see details of two new drawings done since Resa has returned from the Arctic Circle. They are made with oil on graphite on laser-cut Mylar. She has several other drawings in process, and is working on a few 3d drawings, using fishing line found along the shores of the Arctic (all in progress, below). Also below is an installation view of Gaia Part 2, 2015 currently at the Museum of Arts and Sciences in Macon, Georgia. At the moment, Resa is “feverishly working away in my studio on a commissioned installation for North Hill Residence, due to be completed in late October.”

Resa Blatman received an MFA in painting from Boston University in 2006, and a BFA in graphic design from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 1995. She studied at SACI in 1984. She taught graphic design at MassArt from 1997-2012. Resa has received several grants and awards. Her work is included in several collections, including Fidelity, MA; Twitter, MA; Hilton Hotel, TN; and The WH Ming Hotel in Shanghai, China, and she was recently invited to have a solo exhibit at the Museum of Arts and Sciences in Macon, Georgia in spring of 2016. Her work has been reviewed and featured in numerous magazines, books, and online blogs. Resa also helped form a non-profit called Somerville Makers & Artists, Inc., with a mission to provide work-only studios for artists in Massachusetts.

Find out more on Resa’s website:
Find out more about The Arctic Circle Expeditionary Residency:

Don’t miss the upcoming SACI Art Blog post: Arctic Circle Part 2: SACI MFA Candidate Keri Rosebraugh goes on expeditionary artist residency – A SACI alum and a SACI Masters student meet by chance in the Arctic Circle!

About SACI

SACI is a US non-profit College of Art and Design in Florence, Italy, for undergraduate and graduate students seeking accredited instruction in studio art, design, conservation, art history, and Italian language and culture. Founded in 1975, SACI offers the following programs: Academic Semester/Year Abroad, Summer Studies, Venice Summer Program, Post-Bac in Conservation, MFA in Studio Art, MA in Art History.

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