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Illinois State Univ. professor heading to Arctic

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By Associated Press

NORMAL, Ill. -- An Illinois State University professor is heading to the Arctic to draw inspiration for an environmentally conscious, large-scale art installation.

Claire Lieberman is an associate professor in the university's School of Art.

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She is among a select group of artists and scientists scheduled to sail to the territory 10 degrees from the North Pole on a fully rigged tall ship this fall.

Lieberman will have the opportunity to view polar bears in their natural habitat. She then plans a large-scale art installation that will include a series of glass sculptures of polar bears that appear to be melting.

Lieberman says she hopes her work will increase awareness about climate change.

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