On Friday I'll be flying out to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas for a few days to explore two things I have devoted a large part of my life to: art and the land. I'm also beyond excited to announce that I was awarded a travel grant by Crystal Bridges (sponsored by the Terra Foundation for American Art) to attend the Picturing the Americas Exhibit and International Symposium.
The exhibition covers the many definitions of human interaction with the land by showcasing over 100 works of art from North and South America. I will also be attending several panel discussions on how land becomes icon, the intersection of science and art, and how modern artists interpreted the landscape. It will be a nice departure from the process of making work and get out of the studio. Spending a few days immersed in a discussion about the historical representation of the American landscape and its contemporary manifestations is my form of art geekery at its finest.
If you are interested in either the exhibition or symposium, here is a link to more info on the exhibit via the Crystal Bridges website. You can also check out the book, Picturing the Americas: Landscape Painting from Tierra del Fuego to the Arctic.