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Landscape Art, Helen Glazer, Antarctica, Fractal Arch, Ice Tongue Cave, Photograph, 2015/2016


Helen Glazer (b. 1955)
Fractal Arch, Erebus Ice Tongue Cave, Antarctica
American: 2015/2016 (photographed/printed)
Archival pigment print, ed. 1/10
26.75 x 40 inches, overall
36 x 49 inches, black wood frame

Dramatic photograph of ice crystals inside the Erebus Ice Tongue cave, backlit by a lamp to reveal the intricate formations. Helen Glazer photographed the Antarctic landscape as a grantee of the National Science Foundation Antarctic Artists and Writers Program in 2015, for a project titled Walking in Antarctica. The Erebus ice tongue is the end of a glacier that extends seven miles onto the sea ice on McMurdo Sound. A small opening in the tongue leads to an ice cave containing unusual and fragile ice crystal formations. During the season Glazer was there, it was accessible for only a few weeks. Accompanied by a mountaineer, she explored this remarkable environment of high-ceilinged chambers with frozen floors, and all manner of unusual crystalline structures hanging off the walls. This photograph has also been enlarged to 7 x 10 feet and displayed as part of a rotating exhibition at Baltimore-Washington International Marshall Airport since 2017.

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Based in Baltimore, Maryland, Helen Glazer produces photographs and photo-based sculptures that explore landscapes that are overlooked or difficult to access, illuminating the interacting forces affecting environments and ecosystems. A 2015 participant in the National Science Foundation Antarctic Artists and Writers Program, she exhibited her project Walking in Antarctica in a 2017-18 solo show at Goucher College, Baltimore, funded with grants from the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance and Puffin Foundation. Beginning in 2022, the show will travel the US under the auspices of ExhibitsUSA (, the traveling exhibition rental service of the Mid-America Arts Alliance. Two photos from the project have been displayed as part of a rotating exhibition at 7 x 10 feet at Baltimore-Washington International Airport since 2017. Her Antarctica archive is housed at the Center for Art + Environment at the Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, where it will be displayed through summer 2020 with a work of hers they purchased. Since 2016, Glazer has been interviewed for Vice Media’s Creators Project,, Adobe 99U Magazine, and on Baltimore’s NPR news station. Her Antarctica photos were featured on the cover and inside the National Academy of Sciences print magazine Issues in Science and Technology (2019). Glazer was Baltimore Ecosystem Study artist-in-residence (2014-15), MD-DC-VA Trawick Prize finalist (2017), and received an Individual Artist Award in photography from the Maryland State Arts Council (2012). She had a solo show of her photographs at Nailya Alexander Gallery, New York (2012). She has been selected as the next artist-in-residence at the Cary Institute for Ecological Studies, Millbrook, NY, and has just received a Rubys Artist Award from the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation to a fund a photography project in Greenland in summer 2021.


“Bio.” Helen Glazer. 2020. (15 June 2020).

“Walking in Antarctica.” Helen Glazer. 2020. (15 June 2020).

“Walking in Antarctica.” Mid-America Arts Alliance. 2020. (15 June 2020).

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