Arctic Circle Part 2: SACI MFA student Keri Rosebraugh goes on expeditionary artist residency

The Arctic Circle (Photo by Keri Rosebraugh)

The Arctic Circle (Photo by Keri Rosebraugh)

Keri Rosebraugh, now in her second year in SACI’s MFA in Studio Art Program, was chosen to participate in a unique residency in the Arctic Circle last June. Twenty-nine artists from 21 countries met up in Longyearbyen, Norway, (the northern most city in the world), and set sail for two weeks around the island of Spitsbergen, Norway. Here are some photographs Keri took amidst the amazing scenery:

Keri was inspired to create new artwork while she was there as well as continued to elaborate a body of work titled, What Is Home? She interviewed many local residents as well as travellers, asking them questions about what their idea of home is and the role their home plays in their lives. At the local coffee house and the town bar, people wrote down their concepts of home on paper. Keri then collected these papers once they returned from sailing and buried them in a weatherproof time capsule at the cemetery in Longyearbyen. Now back in Florence, Italy, she is presently in the midst of making a video about these interviews. Here are images of some of the work she created on-site:

Keri Rosebraugh’s artwork explores the interconnections between humans and how those parallel our relationship to the environment. Through painting, drawing, and sculpture, she often utilizes natural materials to establish a contact between man and nature. She received her B.F.A. in Illustration at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA, & her clients include The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Disney, Grist magazine, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Toronto Star, and Mother Earth News. She was president of the Society of Illustrators of LA for two years, & has shown her work in numerous exhibitions which include The San Diego Museum of Art, La Luz De Jesus Gallery, The Studio for Southern CA History, and The Ecological Art Gallery in LA. Keri is a member of the Board of Directors for the Eco-Logical Art Gallery, and also serves as a Board Member of Responsible Education and Media, based in LA. Currently, she is residing in Florence, Italy with her dog Frida, attaining her M.F.A. in Visual Arts at Studio Art Centers International.

In an episode of “it’s a small world,” Keri met SACI Alum, Resa Blatman, who happened to be on the same trip and quickly became friends during the expedition. See Arctic Circle Part 1: SACI Alumna Resa Blatman goes on expeditionary artist residency.

The Arctic Circle program is administered by a non profit organization called The Farm, based out of New York state. Artist and scientist led, The Arctic Circle is an annual expeditionary residency program, bringing together international artists of all disciplines, scientists, architects, and educators who collectively explore remote destinations aboard a specially fitted sailing vessel. This program serves as an incubator for thought and experimentation for artists to create bodies of work in the world’s most northern territory.

To find our more about SACI’s Graduate Programs, see the SACI website.

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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