Marek Ranis (PL/USA) – Academy of Fine Arts in Wroclaw, Poland graduate (MFA), sculptor, installation, performance and video artist, public art artist and consultant, photographer and a painter. Currently Associate Professor of Sculpture at the Department of Art and Art History, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, prestigious grants laureate and participant of numerous residencies and art symposiums in Europe, United States, North America, Asia and Africa, ie: ArtsLink NYC, NY, Spier Sculpture Biennale, Cape Town, South Africa, Floating Land, Noosa, Australia, Artpark, Leviston, NY, Guandu Sculpture Park Intl. Symposium, Taipei, Taiwan, BAER Art Center, Hofsos, Iceland; Charlotte- Mecklenburg Arts and Science Council Grant, UNESCO-Aschberg Grant/Ucross Foundation, North Carolina Artist Fellowship, American Scandinavian Foundation Grant; work presented in more than 90 international solo and group exhibitions in Europe, United States, Australia, South America and South Africa. Since 2004 working on artistic project and research titled Albedo focused on global climate change. Research travels and Albedo projects presentations include: Alaska, Iceland, Greenland, Australia.