Over fifty powerful paintings of some of the most remote and wild corners of the Canadian Arctic

comprise this remarkable exhibition. The body of work, drawn from four purposeful expeditions spanning the course of a decade, was created by Canadian painter, Cory Trépanier. The result is a time capsule of some of the planet’s most spectacular yet fragile landscapes.

Produced by David J. Wagner, L.L.C. / Begins January 10, 2017

“Like some of the great figures in polar exploration history, Cory Trépanier combines the courage and adventurousness of an explorer with the exacting skill and powerful creative vision of an artist.”  – 
John Geiger, Chief Executive Officer, The Royal Canadian Geographical Society/ Canadian Geographic Enterprises


Tour Itinerary


January 10 – February 28, 2017
The Embassy of Canada
Washington, D.C.
Venue Website


March 17 – May 14, 2017
Dane G. Hansen Museum
Logan, Kansas


June 10 – August 20, 2017
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

Tucson, Arizona


September 17 – December 31, 2017
The Dennos Museum Center
Northwestern Michigan College
Traverse City, Michigan


January 24 – March 18, 2018
The Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts

Houston (Spring), Texas


April 14 – August 31, 2018
Neville Public Museum

Green Bay, Wisconsin


September 22, 2018 – January 27, 2019
Museum of The Rockies

Bozeman, Montana


February 16, 2019 – May 12, 2019
Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture
Spokane, Washington

Additional Venues Pending

Cory Trepanier’s Into The Arctic

Celebrating Canada’s 150th Anniversary


A fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society and member of the Explorer’s Club, Cory Trépanier is a painter and filmmaker of French descent whose passionate sense of purpose is to capture remaining, rugged wildness of Canada’s Arctic Circle on canvas and film.


Spanning 1.5 million square kilometers, The Canadian Arctic is a land of extremes that remains one of the last great landscapes on the face of the planet untrammeled by man. Trépanier was initially drawn to The Arctic by its majesty and ecology. Traveling beyond the few Inuit communities that populate the north in pursuit of wilderness subjects, Trépanier faced the prospect of real and constant danger, including close encounters with predators and loss of contact with civilization.


During four extended expeditions to the far corners of the Arctic, Trépanier immersed himself into the land Canadians refer to as “The North,” hauling a backpack loaded with camping gear, and painting and filming supplies, which at times exceeding 100lbs. Often, he traveled with Inuit, gaining first-hand knowledge from First Nation people. Confronting elements that included raging storms and ravenous hordes of mosquitoes, Trépanier’s motivation through it all was inspiration for canvas and film born of experience in locations unexperienced by the population at large. The result is a remarkably unique and moving body of work that includes an unsurpassed collection of paintings and two critically acclaimed films including Into The Arctic II, which was nominated for a Canadian Screen Award from the Canadian broadcast industry.


To share his paintings and films with publics in Canada and The U.S., his work is being assembled as a traveling museum exhibition for tour under the auspices of David J. Wagner, L.L.C.


David J. Wagner, L.L.C.


With over three decades of experience producing and managing traveling museum exhibitions Curator/Tour Director, David J. Wagner, Ph.D., brings his experience to the Into The Arctic Exhibition Tour. Dr. Wagner’s resume includes production of exhibitions that have been displayed at noteworthy venues including National Geographic Society Explorer’s Hall (Washington, D.C.), the McMichael Canadian Art Collection (Toronto), and many others.


Early in his career he collaborated with Bob McMichael to organize the first American tour of Canada’s Group of Seven; and subsequently organized an exchange exhibition of Inuit art from the Cape Dorset Eskimo Co-op on Baffin Island to the U.S.


Further information is available at:


Exhibition Specifications


CONTENTS: Over fifty original, oil on linen paintings including the exhibition’s centrepiece which measures 15 x 5.5 feet; title panel and labels, plus three films
SUPPORT: Education, Press, and Registration Materials
EDUCATION: Lectures, Film Screenings with Cory Trépanier (pending scheduling)
GIFT SHOP: DVDs, Exhibition Posters, Book (pending publication)
AVAILABILITY: Spring 2017 to Fall 2018

Exhibition Tour Office


David J. Wagner, L.L.C.


CONTACT: David J. Wagner, Ph.D., Curator/Tour Director


OFFICE: 414.221.6878






MEMBER: American Alliance of Museums and International Council of Museums


Cory Trépanier’s Fine Art Website:

Interactive Tour Map



Front/Back/Intro Panel


Inside Spread

6 Foot Wide Museum Panel

Explore the map to learn more about Trépanier’s 4 Arctic journeys to paint and film  this wild region of our planet

View High Res Version



Media and Public Feedback

VIDEO: Trepanier Into The Arctic MEDIA compilation.

VIDEO: Trepanier’s Into The Arctic II Film Tour AUDIENCE RESPONSE.