The Camden Conference and Rockland Public Library present photographer Jim Nickelson in a Zoom presentation on Thursday, Nov. 5, at 6:30 p.m. He will be discussing his artist residency in Iceland and using art to help combat climate change. Please email pking@rocklandmaine.gov to request a link to attend.

In his presentation, Nickelson will discuss his 2018 artist residency at the Baer Art Center on the northern coast of Iceland. Through his photographs taken over his two weeks on the island, he will depict the varied and incredibly beautiful landscapes of Iceland. Seeing this wonderful landscape as well as the impacts of climate change that are already evident resulted in a redirection of his artistic work towards an activist stance. Nickelson will also discuss his newest body of work, "The Anthropocene Surveys," for which this Iceland trip is both the centerpiece and inspiration.

Nickelson is a fine art photographer, custom digital printer (as Nickelson Editions), and teacher, and is also the author of "Fine Art Inkjet Printing," published by Rocky Nook in 2017.

Before committing himself to the photographic life, he pursued the classic artistic career path of NASA engineer and corporate attorney (with a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the Univ. of Texas at Austin and a J.D. from Harvard Law School). Nickelson makes his home in Camden with his wife and daughter.

Nickelson has received numerous awards, including being honored as Artist-in-Residence at Acadia National Park and Arizona's Chiricahua National Monument, as well as at Iceland’s Baer Art Center. He has also exhibited widely in museums and galleries throughout the country. His work resides in museum, public, corporate, and private collections across the United States and Canada.

This event is presented in anticipation of the 34th Annual Camden Conference—The Geopolitics of the Arctic: A Region in Peril, filmed live at the Camden Opera House and around the world, and presented via Livestream on Feb. 20-21, 2021.

The mission of the Camden Conference is to foster informed discourse on world issues. For more information, please visit camdenconference.org or call 207-236-1034.