2018-2019 Science Planning Summaries
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2018-2019 USAP Field Season
Project Detail

Project Title


“Low Tide, Proposal Rock”  Oil on Canvas, 44” by 72.”  
By April Waters
W-219-P Research Location(s): Palmer area


Event Number:

Program Manager:
Ms. Valentine Kass

ASC POC/Implementer:
Rachel Shackelford / Elaine Hood

Principal Investigator(s)

Ms. April D Waters
Salem, Oregon

Project Web Site:


Supporting Stations: Palmer Station
Research Locations: Palmer area


During her time in Antarctica, the artist will create an exhibition of oil paintings depicting the environment around Palmer Station. She will observe, sketch, paint, and photograph the ocean, sea ice, icebergs, and the Marr Glacier. Upon returning to her home studio, she will produce 10-12 large-scale paintings of the water, ice, and sky for exhibit in multiple galleries to help communicate the region’s ecosystem and beauty to the public. She will also have multiple opportunities to present and talk about her work and her experience collaborating with scientists in Antarctica.

Field Season Overview

The artist will deploy to Palmer Station via the ARSV Laurence M. Gould. She will take short hikes around the station, exploring the Marr Ice Piedmont. She will join small-boat outings with science groups to experience and examine the ocean, sea ice and icebergs and will participate in recreational boating when space is available. To supplement her own photos, and to get an aerial perspective, she may partner with Palmer LTER group to gain access to images taken of the area when they do unmanned aircraft system (UAS) operations. She may also request aerial imagery from Polar Geospatial Center.

Deploying Team Members

  • April Waters (PI)