Antarctic Journey

Salem artist April Waters recently had the honor of being chosen by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to participate in their Antarctic Artists and Writers Program during the month of November, 2018. This opportunity allowed Waters to study the sea ice, ocean, icebergs, and the Maar Glacier at Palmer Station in Antarctica in preparation for her upcoming exhibit, Water-Ice-Sky, intended for student and public engagement throughout Oregon and internationally.

She is now at work on a group of large-scale paintings of the water, ice, and sky for exhibit at the Hallie Ford Museum and multiple galleries and will be doing presentations for educators, students, and the public. The exhibition will speak to the beauty and the vulnerability of Antarctica’s fragile and susceptible ecosystem.


April received an Oregon Arts Commission Career Opportunity grant to support exhibitions:

Water-Ice-Sky Antarctica

The Hallie Ford Museum of Art. Salem, OR

May 14 - August 13, 2022

Giustina Gallery, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR.

January - February, 2023


Read the Oregon Artswatch article on their website or Download a PDF of the Oregon Artswatch article


View related information on the Antarctic Artists and Writers Collective website.


<span class='cap_title'>Passing of Time</span><br />Iceberg by Litchfield Island, Antarctica. Oil on Canvas 72" by 108". <span class='cap_title'>Fresh Water Dance</span><br />Bergy Bit by Sheathbill Cove, Antarctica. Oil on canvas 42" by 42". <span class='cap_title'>Detrich (Pi) Island Eve</span><br />Detrich (Pi) Island Eve, Antarctica. Oil on canvas 20" by 48". <br />Making an oil sketch near Palmer Station <br />On the zodiac with the birders. <br />Learning safety skills on a zodiac <br />About to leave on the Gould out of Punta Arenas, Chile <br />Getting ready to go out with the scientists on a Long Term Ecologic Research boat.