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SE alumna Traci Wright Martin to have artwork included in Lunar Codex project
By Southeastern Oklahoma State University
Dec 25, 2023
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Southeastern Oklahoma State University alumna Traci Wright Martin has had 20 pieces of her artwork selected for inclusion in the Lunar Codex project.

Martin, a 2005 graduate of Southeastern with a degree in studio art, is currently based in Greenville, S.C. For four weeks in September and October, a new body of work commemorating her inclusion in the Lunar Codex project has been on display in a solo exhibition at the Grand Bohemian Lodge Gallery in Greenville.

Traci Wright Martin (photo by Will Crooks)

"Every artist starts out with an idea of what they want their career to look like,” Martin said. “You put yourself out there and pursue opportunities and you just never know where it will lead. Having my work chosen for the Lunar Codex and sharing in this artistic legacy with artists from around the world is more than I could have imagined years ago.

"I have always hoped to find an audience that can relate to what I’m making and to feel seen somehow in the things I create. Being a part of the conversation on the intersection of art and science and technology at this moment in human history, in such a tangible way, is a really wonderful thing."

The Lunar Codex project includes three collections of contemporary artwork that will be the first significant placements of contemporary arts on the lunar surface in over fifty years, and the first to include artwork produced by women. Martin’s collection of pieces are part of the Polaris collection, which is the project’s payload associated with an Astrobotic Griffin/NASA VIPER mission, targeting the Nobile Crater, in the vicinity of the Lunar South Pole.

According to the project’s website, some have called the Lunar Codex a "time machine to the future." Others have called it the "ultimate anthology," and referred to it as a "museum on the Moon." At its essence, the Lunar Codex is a set of time capsules, a message-in-a-bottle to future generations.

The Polaris collection is scheduled for launch in 2024.

For more information on Martin, please visit www.TraciWrightMartin.com

For more information on the Lunar Codex project, please visit www.LunarCodex.com

About Traci Wright Martin

Traci Wright Martin is an internationally award-winning charcoal and mixed media artist residing in Greenville, South Carolina.  

The overall narrative in Martin's portrait and figurative work addresses the idea of representation, weaving contemporary realism with abstract design elements. Her pioneering approach to mixed media utilizes charcoal as the foundation and brings in endless combinations of paint, patterned paper collage and other experimental techniques to the finished design. The primary thematic focus in Martin's recent work is the legacy and evolving tradition of women in art history.  (Read more).

After graduating with a BA in Art from Southeastern Oklahoma State University, she spent her early career showing extensively in the Oklahoma and Texas art scenes, with artist residencies in Oklahoma, Arizona and Alaska. Solo and group shows have included the Oklahoma State Capitol gallery, Oklahoma Contemporary, IAO Gallery, 33 Contemporary Gallery, the Wausau Museum of Contemporary Art, and both the Equity Gallery and the Salmagundi Club in New York City. She has received numerous awards and top accolades in international, national and regional juried shows, claiming more than a dozen “Best in Show” titles. Martin’s work has been featured in a number of publications including Fine Art Connoisseur, Artist's Network: Best of DrawingAmerican Art Collector, International Artist, and a selection of titles for PoetsArtists. Her work has found its way to both private and public collections in over 27 states and 5 countries.

About Southeastern

Founded in 1909, Southeastern Oklahoma State University provides an environment of academic excellence that enables students to reach their highest potential. By having personal access to excellent teaching, challenging academic programs, and extracurricular experiences, students will develop skills and habits that promote values for career preparation, responsible citizenship, and lifelong learning. Our over 5,000 students include 50% first-generation students and 28% students of Native American descent, with 82% receiving financial aid. Southeastern ranks amongst the most affordable schools in the region thanks to out-of-state tuition waivers, and is proud of its exceptional affordable accredited MBA program, stellar aviation program, and outstanding national ranking in graduating Native American students.