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Exploring the Top of the World in Green Bay

Friday, June 01, 2018
As snow began to fall in early April, a semi-truck from Vancouver, Canada arrived at the museum’s loading dock. It contained over sixty oil paintings from the traveling exhibition Into the Arctic. Canadian artist, Cory Trépanier, is a documentary filmmaker and Arctic explorer. He captured this scenery on four arctic expeditions, and of those landscapes had never been documented before. 

When given the opportunity to host this exhibit we were immediately excited by the potential to tie into our Arctic Collection. The Neville is home to more than 500 artifacts from Alaska and Canada’s Northwest Territory. We selected 50 images and objects to display in conjunction with Trépanier’s paintings.

Most of these artifacts and images were collected in the late 1920s and early 1930s by Ms. Ann Bannon. She worked at several missions in northwestern Alaska. There, she began taking photographs and collecting objects made by the local peoples. She sent these objects and images to the Neville so people in Green Bay could explore what daily life was like for the native population of Alaska and Canada. Bannon's contributions to our Collection supported the museum's mission to "bring the world to Green Bay." 

We hope you’ll take some time to explore the paintings, artifacts, and photographs in Into the Arctic.  The exhibit is open through August 19th. 

Thank you to the Pivot Rock Fund for sponsoring Into the Arctic. Special thanks to Canada’s Consulate General in Chicago for providing the funds to bring Cory and his wife Janet to Green Bay. Also, thank you to David J. Wagner for producing this internationally traveling exhibition.  

Kevin Cullen
Deputy Director

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