photo+sphere Keynote Presenters


Mel Chin

The Arctic Is Asheville

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 Street
Asheville, NC 28801


Sharon Harper

Some Observations on Movements of the Earth

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 Drive
#140,Asheville, NC 28801


Justin Brice Guariglia

We Are The Asteroid

Over the last two decades, the artist and environmental activist Justin Brice Guariglia (b. 1974) has developed a unique transdisciplinary art practice working in collaboration with scientists, philosophers, and journalists to explore important ecological issues of our time. In 2016, Guariglia became the first artist to fly on earth science missions with NASA. His solo show Earth Works: Mapping the Anthropocene, which received an NEA grant and debuted at the Norton Museum of Art in 2017, is currently on display at the Fisher Museum of Art at USC in collaboration with the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles. His text based work entitled “WE ARE THE ASTEROID” is currently on display in Storm King Art Center’s climate-focused show Indicators: Artists on Climate Change, and as a public art installation on the Chicago Navy Pier. Guariglia is a Howard Foundation Fellow at Brown University and an Artist-in-Residence at the Anchorage Museum and Woods Hole Research Center.

Saturday, NOV 10
Black Mountain College Museum + Art Center
120 College Street
Asheville, NC 28801