Marek Ranis is an Associate Professor and the Sculpture Area Coordinator in the Department of Art & Art History and a multi-media environmental artist. Through sculpture, installation, painting, photography, and video, Ranis explores social, political, and anthropological aspects of phenomena such as climate change.He is a recipient of numerous grants, fellowships, and residencies, including UNESCO Aschberg Fellowship, American-Scandinavian Foundation Grant, and NC Artist Fellowship Award. Ranis has presented work in more than a hundred 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,” focusing 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, he was appointed Curator at Large at the Anchorage Museum in Alaska.