Justin Brice Guariglia, Artist Whose Work Explores the Planet’s Environmental Crisis, to Speak at 2017 Global Wellness Summit

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Conference attendees will also experience a private tour of his “beautiful but terrifying” Earth Works exhibit at the Norton Museum of Art

The Global Wellness Summit has a commitment to bringing artists of renown to the stage, and to shining a light on the work they do in raising our global consciousness about the wellness of our planet and its citizens.

The Global Wellness Summit today announced that award-winning artist, Justin Brice Guariglia, whose powerful mixed media works explore climate change and the complex impact humans have had on the planet, will speak at the conference being held at The Breakers Palm Beach from Oct. 9-11. Guariglia’s talk on day one of the Summit is entitled “What Have We Wrought? The Price of Humankind’s Path towards Accelerated Modernization.”

And that evening, conference delegates will have an extraordinary opportunity: a private tour of Guariglia’s new show, “Earth Works: Mapping the Anthropocene," at West Palm Beach’s the Norton Museum of Art. This timely, haunting series of 22 works, from an artist that flew seven times with NASA to photograph Greenland’s melting polar ice caps, explores how Earth has been transformed by humans (the Anthropocene Age): from melting glaciers to the scars of strip mining. Guariglia’s work on our planet’s ecological crisis, which blurs the line between photography and painting, has been attracting serious attention in the art world, as evidenced by this week’s profile of him in The New York Times, where Beatrice Galilee, curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, called his works “beautiful but terrifying.”

“We are deeply honored to have Justin address our delegates; his extraordinary work combines science and art in a memorable, impactful way,” said Nancy Davis, GWS Chief Creative Officer and Executive Director. “The Global Wellness Summit has a commitment to bringing artists of renown to the stage, and to shining a light on the work they do in raising our global consciousness about the wellness of our planet and its citizens.”

Conference delegates will have the Norton Museum of Art to themselves the evening of October 9, where the Earth Works tour kicks off with a conversation in the museum’s theater between Guariglia and exhibition curator, Tim B. Wride. (Delegates will also have the option to experience highlights from the museum’s European and American masterpieces, from Matisse and Picasso to Hopper and O’Keefe.)

“We’re excited to offer Summit attendees this private tour of Guariglia’s exhibition,” said Glenn Tomlinson, Curator of Education for Public Programs at the Norton Museum of Art. “And we hope as many as possible will take advantage of this opportunity to experience his profoundly relevant work mapping man’s impact on the planet.”

More about Justin Brice Guariglia:

Guariglia, who lives and works in Brooklyn, New York, is a trans-disciplinary artist working at the nexus of painting, printmaking, photography and sculpture. His work explores ecology through the lens of politics, culture, science, journalism, mythology and art history, and his experimentation with materials and processes forge new ways of seeing and experiencing the world. Guariglia’s work is in the collections of the Norton Museum of Art; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; and numerous private collections. He was awarded the Howard Foundation Fellowship in Photography for the 2017-2018 academic year at Brown University and a Science Sandbox @ New Lab Fellowship in 2017.

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About the Global Wellness Summit: The Global Wellness Summit (GWS) is an invitation-only international gathering that brings together leaders and visionaries to positively shape the future of the $3.7 trillion global wellness economy. Held in a different location each year, Summits have taken place in the U.S., Switzerland, Turkey, Bali, India, Morocco, Mexico and Austria. The next one will be held at The Breakers Palm Beach, Florida from Oct. 9-11, 2017.

About the Norton Museum of Art: Founded in 1941, the Norton Museum of Art is recognized for its distinguished holdings in American, European, and Chinese art, and a continually expanding presence for photography and contemporary art. Its masterpieces of 19th century and 20th century European painting and sculpture include works by Brancusi, Gauguin, Matisse, and Picasso, and American works by Stuart Davis, Hopper, O'Keeffe, Pollock, and Sheeler.

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