It Is Never Tomorrow / by Thea Augustina

It has been a long time since I have written. Wow! Since October! A lot has occurred since then. I have been invited to show at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA in their 'Polar Visions' show as it is tentatively called. The show opens in July and will be up for a year in the Art & Nature gallery of the museum. The show focuses on artists working with contemporary issues about the Arctic. I am creating a set of 4 new photographs for them in the same vain as my 'Elsewhere Series', using the toys, fabrics, and strange angles to approach the Arctic's environmental concerns.

On Saturday night was my MFA Thesis art opening at the Riverside Off Center gallery, which is owned by the Riverside Arts Center in Ypsilanti, MI. The show, 'It Is Never Tomorrow', consists of 13 photographs and two sculpture pieces. I received a Rackham Graduate Student Research Award to financially make the work! There are 20 photographs in this series and you can see some of them on my website under the 'It Is Never Tomorrow' photography section. I will post photos in the next few days from the opening night. It will be open until March 29, Tuesdays 12-4pm, Thurs-Sat 12-4pm.

Also, I have been awarded one of the American-Scandinavian Foundation Fellowships for Fall 2008-2009! I am very excited and will probably head out to Denmark in mid August and stay until December. I wrote this grant with the same premise as I wrote my Fulbright Grant: Arctic representation in Danish Archives, using the Arctic Institute and Danish Polar Center in Copenhagen to create a series of drawings and photographs based on the archives and research. I am still waiting to hear back from the Fulbright Commission as to whether I have been selected. I won't find out until end of April! Stupid waiting. At least I made it through the first round.