Survival, Innovation, Design A Will Steger Exhibition
Exhibition: September 14 – October 6, 2013
Location: Minneapolis College of Art and Design
Artist Talk: Thursday, September 19, 6:30 p.m., Auditorium 150
Reception: Friday, October 4, 6:00–8:00 p.m.
The Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD) is pleased to present a unique exhibition featuring the sustainable design work of world-renown polar explorer Will Steger.
This exhibition focuses on a lesser-known aspect of Steger’s vision: design and innovation. Over many decades Steger has designed or adapted clothing, equipment, and technology to withstand difficult Arctic conditions. While on one of his expeditions he sketched plans for a unique building and center a center that will offer people a transformative experience--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 engage people in solutions to 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.
All images courtesy of John Ratzloff
"Over the last 20 years I have worn Wild Things outerwear on all of my Polar Expeditions. Marie "Titoune" is the best designer in the outdoor industry. Her one piece suits, insulated parkas and Denali parkas have keep my team members and I alive in the worst cold weather conditions on the planet. We have worn this clothing in both Polar Regions, Greenland and the Arctic for durations up to 7 months and it kept us warm and snug. We have never had a case of frostbite using Marie's systems and designs. I am proud to have worked with Marie and her designers over the years and their hard work (and patience) have been instrumental in our success and safety." - Will Steger
"My team members and I have worn Steger Mukluks on all of my Arctic and Antarctic Expeditions and Training Expeditions since 1987. There is nothing that can compare to the warmth, comfort and rugged durability of Steger Mukluks. Steger Mukluks are made entirely in Ely, Minnesota! It doesn't get better than that!" - Will Steger
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Will Steger Foundation
The Will Steger Foundation seeks to inspire and be a catalyst for international environmental leadership to stop global warming through exploration, education and action.