Marek Ranis (PL/USA) is an associate professor of Art in the College of Art + Architecture at UNC Charlotte. He is a multi-media environmental artist. Through sculpture, installation, painting, photography and video, Ranis is exploring social, political and anthropological aspects of phenomena such as the climate change.
He is a recipient of numerous grants, fellowships and residencies, including UNESCO Aschberg Fellowship, American-Scandinavian Foundation Grant and N.C. Artist Fellowship Award. Ranis presented his work in more than 100 individual and group shows nationally and internationally. His work is included in private and public collections in North America and Europe.
Since 2003, Ranis has been working on an artistic project and research titled "Albedo," which is focused on global climate change and the era of Anthropocene. He continues working in Alaska, Iceland, Greenland, Norway, Australia and South Africa. In 2017, in recognition of his work and research in the Arctic Circle, Ranis was appointed Curator at Large at the Anchorage Museum in Alaska.