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by Xavier Cortada
12" x 9"
Ice from the Western Antarctic Ice Sheet,
sediment from Antarctica's Dry Valleys and mixed media on paper

Donated in 2010 by the artist

Widerøe by Xavier Cortada

Xavier Cortada, recipient of a 2006-2007 National Science Foundation Antarctic Artists and Writers fellowship, traveled to Antarctica to implement a series of projects and installations. While there, the Miami artist created "ice paintings" using glacier and sediment samples provided to him by scientists working in Antarctica.  The artist titled the works on paper by randomly selecting the names of geographic features from a map of the continent that inspired their creation.

Artist's Biography

Miami artist Xavier Cortada has exhibited his work in museums, galleries and cultural venues not only in Florida, but across the Americas, Europe, Africa and Antarctica. Mr. Cortada has created art for the White House, the World Bank, the Florida Supreme Court, and the Museum of Florida History. He holds three degrees from the University of Miami – a Bachelor of Arts, Master of Public Administration and Juris Doctor. He has been honored in the Congressional Record and with Xavier Cortada Day Proclamations by the City of Miami, Miami Beach, and Miami-Dade County.

To learn more about Xavier Cortada, visit his website at: http://www.cortada.com.