Attending the Annual Right Whale Conference

This is a campaign to raise $850 so that I can attend the Annual Right Whale Conference, in Portland Maine from November 13 - 15, 2019.

- The funds will cover my transportation from Virginia to Maine via the train, and my lodging while I am in Maine.  They will also cover the fee towards attending the conference.

- I am an artist whose research includes migration and extinction in human and non-human populations.  I am particularly interested in the impact of anthropogenic extinction on whale populations, particularly the North Atlantic Right Whale.  

- I have created different projects about extinction, all with an aim to help us "see" something that exists as a vanishing.  This makes it hard to accurately visualize, and I have been compelled to this theme for the past ten years because I see the role that art can provide in this context.

- My most recent project with whales as the main character and theme has been "Whale Watching in October", a conceptual practice of whale watching everyday for the month of October.  Each day I post a new "sighting" to an online interactive calendar.  I am making this work in-residency with the online gallery GATE.

- During this month I have become more connected and obsessed with the life and death of Snake Eyes, #1226, a Right Whale who died in September 2019 after an intense two-month entanglement with rope.  He was found floating, terribly decomposed, off the coast of New York.  Being one of only about 400 in his remaining species, any death is a terrible sign.

- I want to attend the conference to directly connect with the experts in the field and learn from their presentations about the actual state of emergency that these whales face on a daily basis.  From these connections I will begin to accumulate and create a new body of work that addresses, in a more engaged and informed way, the plight of this species and what we can still do to help assure their survival.  I want to get as up-close to this species as possible, and attending this conference is certainly essential to that pursuit. 

- Attending the conference would illuminate and inspire my practice for the coming months and years.

- I am selling artwork inspired by whales on my website, and any sales will go directly towards this campaign as well.  

-I would need the funds by November 10.

- Any help you provide is met with SINCERE GRATITUDE and true appreciation! I have never done a campaign before but feel this is an urgent and necessary cause that will continue to manifest and inspire my work for months and years to come.

THANK YOU.

Links: 

Whale Watch in October, my most recent work with whales 

Personal Website: Artworks for sale connected to whales 

North American Right Whale Consortium 

Donations

  • Arvid Tomayko-Peters 
    • $5 
    • 8 mos
  • Rosie Flood 
    • $25 
    • 9 mos
  • Sue Abramson 
    • $50 
    • 9 mos
  • Jil Stifel 
    • $50 
    • 9 mos
  • Ivette Spradlin 
    • $30 
    • 9 mos
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Organizer

Jennifer Nagle Myers 
Organizer
Williamsburg, VA
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