Inside An Explorer's Mind: Survival, Innovation, Design—A Will Steger Exhibition

Archived Event:
Saturday, September 14, 2013 – Sunday, October 6, 2013
MCAD Concourse Gallery

Will Steger Presentation:
Thursday, September 19, 6:30
p.m., Auditorium 150

Friday, October 4, 6:00–8:00 p.m.

Exhibition sponsored by:

Minneapolis, MN—The Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD) is pleased to present a unique exhibition featuring the sustainable design work of world-renowned polar explorer Will Steger. The first person to reach both Poles by dogsled, Steger is known by many titles—educator, photographer, and explorer. He has spent more than fifty years traveling through the Arctic regions, advocating for the Earth’s preservation and advising on permanent solutions to climate change. This exhibition focuses on a lesser-known aspect of Steger’s commitment to environmental sustainability: design and innovation. Over many decades Steger has designed or adapted clothing, furniture, and equipment to withstand the difficult Arctic conditions. While on one of his expeditions he drew up plans for a center for conservation that has become a reality—the Steger Wilderness Center for Innovation and Leadership near Ely, Minnesota. Photographs, videos, drawings, clothing, woodwork, and other unusual items all based on Steger’s unique vision for and knowledge of the earth’s environment will be featured in this exhibition.

The exhibition opens on Saturday, September 14. Will Steger will discuss the genesis of the Steger Wilderness Center for Innovation and Leadership in relation to his design strategies and commitment to educating the public about climate change during an artist talk scheduled for Thursday, September 19 at 6:30 p.m. A closing reception will take place on Friday, October 4 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

An auxiliary exhibition will feature MCAD undergraduate and graduate students projects that have developed out of the college’s Bachelor of Science course “Aesthetics of Sustainability” and the Master of Arts in Sustainable Design degree program. These course and program offerings allow students the opportunity to gain in-depth and actionable knowledge and experience—putting sustainable design theory into practice by developing fundamental problem-solving skills, collaborative innovation techniques and processes, and creative leadership experience.

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Recognized nationally and internationally for its innovative and interdisciplinary approaches to visual arts education, the Minneapolis College of Art and Design is home to more than 700 students and offers professional certificates, bachelor of fine arts and bachelor of science degrees, and graduate degrees.

All exhibitions and related events are free and open to the public.

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Sunday, Noon–5:00 p.m.