North Carolina

November 7—11, 2018


About photo+sphere

photo+sphere, November 7–11, 2018, in Asheville, North Carolina, explores the environment through photography and photo-media. This art and science event includes nationally known speakers and panelists, exhibitions, films, and performances at venues throughout Asheville. 

A groundbreaking interdisciplinary event, photo+sphere brings attention to how we see the environment and the role humans play in determining the future of our planet.

The photo+sphere team consists of six independent artists and scientists. This event is a project of REVOLVE and the MAP (Media Arts Project), an Asheville-based 501(c)(3) arts organization. 

R E A D  M O R E …

photo+sphere Keynote Presenters


Mel Chin

Mel Chin’s conceptual and visual art “erases the boundaries between art and activism, aesthetics and the environment, and the individual and his or her community.” Chin has received numerous grants and awards from organizations including the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, Art Matters, Creative Capital, as well as the Penny McCall, Pollock/Krasner, Joan Mitchell, Rockefeller and Louis Comfort Tiffany foundations. His work has been featured in the acclaimed PBS series Art21. The exhibition Mel Chin: All over the Place is at the Queens Museum of Art in NYC from April 8 – August 12, 2018. Two major projects Unmoored and Wake debut in Times Square in July 2018.

Thursday, NOV 8
Asheville Masonic Temple
80 Broadway St, Asheville, NC 28801
(downtown Asheville)


Sharon Harper

Sharon Harper works with photography and video, exploring how technology mediates our relationship with the natural world and generates perceptual experiences. Her photographs are in permanent collections at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Whitney Museum of American Art, The Museum of Fine Art, Houston, The Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, and the Harvard Art Museums in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the Nelson-Atkins Museum in Kansas City, Missouri, and the New York Public Library. She is a 2013 recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation in Photography and is a Professor of Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard University.

Friday, NOV 9
STEAM Studio in the RAMP
821 Riverside Dr,  #140,Asheville, NC 28801
(near UNC-Asheville)


Justin Brice Guariglia

Justin Brice Guariglia is a photographer and multidisciplinary artist whose photographs have appeared in The New York Times, Smithsonian Magazine, National Geographic and Time Magazine, as well as in monographic publications by Chronicle Books and the Aperture Foundation. In 2015 Guariglia became the first artist embedded in a series of NASA missions, flying over Greenland to produce images of rapidly changing glacial land and sea ice. Guariglia’s solo exhibition, “Earth Works: Mapping the Anthropocene”, opened at the Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, Florida in the fall of 2017 and will travel to the USC Fisher Museum of Art in Los Angeles in 2018.

Saturday, NOV 10
Black Mountain College Museum+Art Center
120 College St., Asheville, NC 28801
(downtown Asheville)

photo+sphere Events


photo+sphere Team Events

Living In the Anthropocene Age—a film series exploring, challenging and inspiring human interactions related to the environment.

Altering Nature: Pictures of a Changing Environment—an exhibition of new photography by ten contemporary artists investigating the human impact on our natural surroundings, and the implications of that impact on the future.

Sonic Retreat—a workshop in the Smoky Mountains collecting field recordings, video and photographs culminating in a collaborative event.

Picturing Purity—an exhibition looking at purity myths. From the untouched female virgin, to the uninhabited pristine forest; these myths construct an untouchable other in tension with a lustful outsider. Photographers, new media artists, video artists are invited to submit proposals.

The Cloud Library­—a photographic exhibit, archive, and resource center focused on the physics and poetics of clouds in art, science, technology, and the imagination.

Immersive Visualization: The Cosmos, Earth, and Anthropocene—a series of immersive virtual-reality experiences in the Geodome™ Theater.

  Nature Through a Camera Trap  The Nature Conservancy

Nature Through a Camera Trap
The Nature Conservancy

  What We Saw  UNC-Asheville Ramsey Library

What We Saw
UNC-Asheville Ramsey Library

  A Dialog in Photographs  DOT Editions

A Dialog in Photographs
DOT Editions

  photo+sphere residency  AS IF

photo+sphere residency

photo+sphere +and Creative Partners

Art and Science in the Field (ASIF), Asheville Art Museum, Asheville Museum of Science (AMOS), Asheville Darkroom, Asheville Masonic TempleBlack Mountain College Museum + Arts Center, Blue Spiral 1, Buckminster Fuller Institute, Captain’s Bookshelf, Center for Craft, Cherokee Cultural Center, The ColliderDOT Editions, Makers Circle, Momentum Gallery, The Nature Conservancy, Pink Dog Creative, REVOLVE, Satellite Gallery, STEAM Studios at the Ramp, Tracey Morgan Gallery, Warren Wilson College, Western Carolina University, Window (re/presentation | re/production), and UNC-Asheville.

photo+sphere Team

Behind photo+sphere is a core team of six independent, passionate and dedicated individuals committed to utilizing Asheville’s resources and energies to create this groundbreaking event. 

photo+sphere is a project of REVOLVE and the MAP (Media Arts Project), an Asheville-based 501(c) (3), non-profit arts organization.

photo+sphere Partners and Sponsors

photo+sphere encourages creative collaboration to address important concerns about our community and environment. THANK YOU to our sponsors, contributors, and community partners.

for sponsorship information
contact Blake Butler
(828) 775-7240

photo+sphere and Asheville

Widely recognized as an arts destination, Asheville is also home to one of the world’s largest archives of climate data—the National Centers for Environmental Information-Asheville. Western North Carolina is a hub for climate research, science-based forest management, conservation, and a quality of life that reflects these efforts—an ideal location for this perfect creative storm.