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DURHAM, NH –A new exhibition, Wendy Klemperer: Artist at Sea will be on view at the Museum of Art, University of New Hampshire beginning August 30 -October 15, 2021. The Museum of Art and programs are open to the public free of charge.

In 2019, Wendy Klemperer joined Dr. Jennifer Miksis-Olds, Director of the Center for Acoustics Research and Education, University of New Hampshire for a unique three-week artist residency at sea as part of a project focused on the development of the Atlantic Deepwater Ecosystem Observatory Network (ADEON). Pencil sketches of the crew members highlight the collaborative nature of scientific research and her watercolors of the sea and ocean life celebrate the scientific and experiential rewards of conducting environmental research outdoors.

Dr. Jennifer Miksis-Olds says “Having an artist onboard highlighted elements of science that I as a scientist often either take for granted in the unpredictable atmosphere of field work, overlook, or underappreciate. Wendy’s ability to capture the humanity onboard the ship in her portraits of the ship and science crews illustrates the message that at-sea research is a team sport. Every person in her portfolio of portraits was essential to a successful science cruise. From the cooks who took such good care of us, to the often unseen engineers that kept the vessel and everything on it running, every person played a role. Often it is only the scientists that get credited with the research results. Wendy reminded us all that each person on the ship is essential in successful oceanographic research.”

Artist Wendy Klemperer says “I have always admired explorers: scientists, artists, and adventurers seeking information from the natural world, and was happy to join their ranks on this three week excursion at sea. This saw me deciphering the massive marine migration each day on computer screens, throwing net tows at midnight, drawing portraits of scientists and crew, and painting watercolor ship details and seascapes whenever time allowed. The experience whetted my appetite for more, and deepened my admiration for scientists probing the ocean depths for greater knowledge.”

Programs include ArtLAB lecture Wednesday, September 8, 4 p.m. - 5 p.m., Museum of Art, PCAC followed by a reception in the Museum from 5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. This hour long discussion will include Klemperer and Miksis-Olds' experiences and research from the three-weeks aboard the R/V Neil Armstrong. An additional ArtBreak artist talk with take place with Wendy Klemperer, Wednesday, September 15, 12:10 p.m. - 1 p.m., A218, PCAC. Klemperer will present work from her artist in residence and share her studio practice. For more information on these programs visit our website.

About the artist

Exhibiting artist Wendy Klemperer earned a bachelor’s in biochemistry at Harvard before moving to New York City to pursue art full time, earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts in sculpture at Pratt Institute. She lives and works in Brooklyn, NY, and Nelson, NH. Klemperer is known for her large-scale animal welded sculptures created from industrial refuse, particularly rebar, and reinforcement rod used in buildings, bridges, and highways. Exhibitions include Socrates Sculpture Park, Queens, NY, Bridgewater-Lustberg Gallery, NY, NY, Pratt Institute Sculpture Park, Brooklyn, NY, DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln, MA. Her works are installed throughout the US and are part of permanent installations at College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, ME, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Boothbay, and Lay Sculpture Park in Missouri, Great Falls International Airport, MT, Farmingdale State College, Farmingdale, NY, and SIAS University, Xinzheng, China.

Klemperer has taught welded sculpture workshops for over a decade at several venues, including the Educational Alliance and #rd Ward, both in NYC, and the Carving Studio and Sculpture Center in West Rutland, VT. She has been a visiting artist and lectured about her work at universities throughout the United States.

About Atlantic Deepwater Ecosystem Observatory Network (ADEON)

The Atlantic Deepwater Ecosystem Observatory Network (ADEON) for the U.S. Mid- and South Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) was developed and deployed in November of 2017. The lead P.I. for this project, Dr. Jennifer Miksis-Olds, Director of the Center for Acoustics Research and Education and Research Professor in the School of Marine Science & Ocean Engineering, University of New Hampshire. Dr. Miksis-Olds leads a collaborative research team consisting of individuals from UNH, Observing Air-Sea Interactions Strategy, and Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research, JASCO Applied Sciences, Stony Brook University, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

This observatory network generates long-term measurements of both the natural and human factors active in this region, thus informing the ecology and soundscape of the Outer Continental Shelf. These data will provide further a mechanistic understanding of the cumulative impacts these factors have on marine resources and provide insight for ecosystem-based management efforts. Long-term observations of living marine resources and marine sound will assist Federal agencies, including the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), Office of Naval Research (ONR), and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), in complying with mandates in the Endangered Species Act (ESA), Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), and Sustainable Fisheries Act (SFA).

Exhibitions and accompanying programs are supported by Friends of the Museum of Art. UNH plans a fully open and in-person fall semester. Some precautions may remain in effect such as decreased density as recommended by the CDC and state public health officials. Any precautions affecting the Museum will be noted on our website prior to each event or program. For more the latest update visit UNH COVID19 guidelines.

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