Gallery reception for Diane Burko: Vast and Vanishing

Gallery reception for Diane Burko: Vast and Vanishing

March 8, 2018 - 5:00pm
Rowan University Art Gallery
301 West High Street
Mary Salvante
(856) 256-4521
Open to all

Join us for the for the artists talk and public reception on Thursday, March 8 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. 

Diane Burko has been documenting glacial recession as part of her ongoing work that intersects art and science around the urgent issue of climate change. In this exhibition we present a series of large-scale paintings and photographs that capture the dichotomies found in these extreme frozen environments. Conveyed in the work is an inescapable tension and play between monumental and intimate, splendor and somber, and expansive and confined; much like the climate issues they chronicle.

Booklyn-born. Philadelphia-based Burko focuses her work on monumental geological phenomenon. Since 2006 her practice has been at the intersection of art and science, devoted to the urgent issues of climate change. Her current work reflects expeditions to the three largest ice fields in the world. She has sailed around Svalbard with artists and also spent four days in Ny-Alesund with scientists from the Norwegian Polar Institute. She has visited Greenland's Ilulissat and Eqi Sermia glaciers and first traveled to the Antarctic Peninsula in 2013, returning in January 2015, and explored the Patagonian ice field of Argentina. Burko’s expeditions can be followed at

Aside from showing her art, Burko has gained attention from the scientific community, often speaking on how the arts can communicate science. She is an affiliate of INSTAAR, and has participated in numerous conferences such as those hosted by the Geological Society of America and American Geophysical Union. She is committed to public engagement, using both facts and images to make the invisible visual and visceral.