Dr. Maria Huhmarniemi is an artist and a teacher in the University of Lapland, Faculty of Art and Design. In her work as a visual artist, she engages with questions concerning the North and environmental issues such as the relationship between people and nature and environmental responsibility. She does socially and environmentally engaged art. As a researcher, she is interested in political contemporary art and education for sustainability through art. In her Doctoral theses (2016) she developed transdisciplinary collaboration of artists and researchers. The motive was to find out how contemporary artists can participate in local discussions on environmental politics through art. She has curated international exhibitions and published research articles. She has worked at theUniversity of Lapland, Faculty of Art and Design, since 2002. She has holds position of university lecturer since 2004. She is a chairperson for the Artists´ Association of Lapland (since 2012) and a member of the Finnish Bio-art Association, Artists´ Association Muu, and Association for Arts Based Initiatives (Prost). Huhmarniemi also runs an artist residency in her home in Arbetsstugan, Muodoslompolo. She lives partly in Muodoslompolo and Rovaniemi and has two children.