“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
March 17 – May 14, 2017
Dane G. Hansen Museum
June 10 – August 20, 2017
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
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
February 16, 2019 – May 12, 2019
Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture
September 19, 2020 – January 3, 2021
North Carolina Arboretum
Asheville, North Carolina
Additional Venues Pending
Over a decade in the making, INTO THE ARCTIC is a traveling exhibition comprised of highlights from the most ambitious body of artwork ever dedicated to The Canadian Arctic. The force behind the exhibition is Cory Trépanier, recipient of the Stefansson Medal, the highest award of The Explorers Club of Canada, and a fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. Contextualizing the artist’s majestic paintings are a series of Arctic films, which cinematically convey the wonder and awe of what Canadians refer to as, “The North.”
INTO THE ARCTIC showcases over fifty original oil paintings plus three feature-length films (including Into The Arctic II, which was nominated for a Canadian Screen Award) documenting Trépanier’s expeditions to the furthest reaches of the Canadian Arctic, a biosphere so remote and untouched, that most of its vast landscape has never been painted before.
As part of Canada’s 150th Anniversary celebration, The Embassy of Canada premiered the exhibition in Washington D.C. in January, 2017. INTO THE ARCTIC is scheduled to travel to seven museums across the U.S. in 2017 through 2019. And efforts are now under way to extend the tour and share the exhibition more widely throughout The U.S. and abroad.
Named one of Canada’s Top 100 Living Explorers by Canadian Geographic Magazine, Trépanier carries on the tradition of painting first made famous by Canada’s Group of Seven, but with the environmental concern of a contemporary artist.
“Exploring and painting the Canadian Arctic plein air has been challenging and awe-inspiring, bringing me face-to-face with some of our planet’s greatest natural wonders. These experiences have created a desire in me to connect others with this remote northern wilderness through my paintings and films, which are assembled for the first time in this exhibition. There are a number of artists who have influenced me in this endeavor and whose work I admire greatly. Among them are Canada’s Group of Seven, particularly A.Y. Jackson, whose artistry contributed to the establishment of the Killarney Provincial Park in Ontario, Canada, thereby protecting its unique and important landscapes. I hope my work might spark awareness and conversation about Canada’s Arctic, and instill greater appreciation and concern for the future of its ever-changing landscape.” – Cory Trépanier
The INTO THE ARCTIC Exhibition Tour is produced by David J. Wagner, L.L.C.
CONTENTS: Over Fifty Oil Paintings, Title and Map Panels, Descriptive Labels, Plus Three Films (Blu-ray)
SUPPORT: Education, Press, and Registration Materials
EDUCATION: Film Screening & Discussion by Cory Trépanier
SALES: DVDs, Posters, Book (pending publication)
AVAILABILITY: 2019 and After
Exhibition Tour Office
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.
CONTACT: David J. Wagner, Ph.D., Curator/Tour Director
MEMBER: American Alliance of Museums and International Council of Museums
Cory Trépanier’s Fine Art Website: trepanieroriginals.com
”Cory Trépanier’s artistic projects help people understand and cherish Canada’s vibrant natural and cultural heritage, inspiring us all to connect with the spectacular landscapes of Canada’s northern national parks.”
”These paintings capture the stunning beauty of some of the most remote and wild corners of the Arctic . . . Mr. Trépanier’s extraordinary talent and deep passion for the Arctic come through in his outstanding work, which is sure to please museum-goers who have the opportunity to visit this unique exhibition.”
"In the great tradition of such extraordinary artists as the brilliant Danish neo-realistic landscape painter Georg Anton Rasmussen (1842-1914), Cory Trepanier captures perfect northerly worlds whose steadfast beauty we know to be threatened: purity on the brink; ice melting; an aesthetic as fragile and reverential as the inner life of a polar bear."
”Cory Trépanier’s INTO THE ARCTIC is a visual tour de force with a powerful subtext pertinent to every human being who populates the planet from this age of global warming forward.”
Cory Trépanier’s passionate and accurate paintings of Arctic landscapes bridge the gap between Arctic science and public awareness of this fragile environment. This is particularly important because the Canadian Arctic is changing rapidly due to accentuated human-induced climate warming there. Most people do not get the opportunity to experience first hand the wonders of the Arctic landscape and what could be lost due to climate change. Cory’s paints show with exquisite detail landscapes that will forever be changed.”
“In this day and age we can get specific observations of glacier change in terms or area, thickness, snow cover etc from satellite images. These are good measuring sticks, but are two dimensional at best. Paintings such as those by Cory Trépanier add another dimension. We can see the thickness of the dirty layer at the glacier front in his “At the Glacier” and “Arctic Tranquility” paintings, or the degree to which surface streams have cut into the glacier in his panoramic masterpiece, “Glacierside”, which offers added insights to glacier behavior. More than that, the nature of the landscape and its ecology is captured in a way that is not with satellite imagery. Data points prove a point quantitatively, paintings such as this illustrate the point and provide a rich context and together convey our changing Arctic. Today the glaciers in the Arctic are experiencing rapid changes that will lead to not just glacier retreat, but to landscape and ecologic change.”
VIDEO: Trepanier Into The Arctic MEDIA compilation.
VIDEO: Trepanier’s Into The Arctic II Film Tour AUDIENCE RESPONSE.