About the Artist

Philip Juras’s paintings express his desire to both explore and understand the patterns of the natural world. His love for nature and art began during his childhood in Augusta, Georgia, eventually leading him to receive a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1990 and a Master of Landscape Architecture in 1997, both from the University of Georgia. His MLA thesis examined pre-settlement grasslands that once flourished in the southeast, a subject that continues to inspire his artwork. Now living in Athens, Georgia, with his wife Beth Gavrilles, Philip’s work explores the rich aesthetics of a wide range of ecologically intact natural environments. His ongoing projects include Georgia’s barrier islands, fire adapted landscapes of the Southeast, tall grass prairie restoration in Illinois, and the páramo and cloud forests of the Colombian Andes. To depict these subjects Philip combines direct observation with study of the natural science and history of the place. The resulting images invite the viewer to step through the picture plane and experience the natural world beyond.

In 2011 Philip’s exhibition, The Southern Frontier, Landscapes Inspired by Bartram’s Travels, opened at the Telfair Academy in Savannah, Georgia. With is its corresponding award-winning exhibition book, it explored the southern wilderness as William Bartram documented it in the 1770s. The Wild Treasury of Nature, A Portrait of Little St. Simons Island, opened in 2016 at the Morris Museum of Art in Augusta, Georgia. The exhibition and accompanying book examined the natural environments of one of the most ecologically intact barrier islands on the East Coast. His 2017 exhibition, Landscapes of Chingaza (Paisajes de Chingaza) at the Biblioteca Virgilio Barco in Bogotá, Colombia, celebrated conservation of the high elevation environments of Colombia’s Chingaza National Park.

Solo Exhibits

2021
Picturing the Prairie, Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe, Illinois
2020
The Art of Conservation, Circle Gallery, College of Environment and Design, University of Georgia, Athens, GA
2017
Landscapes of Chingaza (Paisajes de Chingaza), Inter-American Development Bank, Washington DC
Landscapes of Chingaza (Paisajes de Chingaza), Biblioteca Virgilio Barco, Bogotá, Colombia
2016
The Wild Treasury of Nature, A Portrait of Little St. Simons Island, Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art, Marietta, GA
2015
Little St. Simons Island II, Little St. Simons Island, GA
2013
Bartram in Cherokee Country, University of Georgia Press Offices, Athens, GA
2012
Little St. Simons Island, Little St. Simons Island, GA
2011
Lost Species, Visions of Landscapes Past, Georgia Museum of Natural History, Athens, GA
Scenes from the Southern Frontier, Macon Musuem of Art and Science, Macon, GA
Exploring the Upcountry with Bartram, Wofford College, Spartanburg, SC
2010
Searching for Bartram's Wilderness: Studies from the Field, Oconee Cultural Art Foundation, Watkinsville, GA
A Vision of Grasslands in the Southeast, North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill, NC
2009
A Pleasant Territory: Grasslands in the Southeast, Circle Gallery, The University of Georgia, Athens, GA
2007
New Landscapes, Aurum Studios, Athens, GA
2005
Southern Landscapes, Carolina Galleries, Charleston, SC
2004
Forged by Drought, Flood, and Fire: Scenes of Remnant Landscapes, Circle Gallery, The University of Georgia, Athens, GA
1993
Bean Soup, Pomodoro, Boston, MA

Group Exhibits

2019
Southern Nature Writers Gathering, Wormsloe, Isle of Hope, GA
2018
Paintings of Chingaza at the Colombian Embassy, Washington, DC
2016
Longleaf Regenerated, Savannah Riverfront Marriot, Savannah, GA
2015
"Set Off For Georgia:" Celebrating the 250th Anniversary of John and William Bartram's Natural History Expedition in Colonial Georgia. Richard B. Russell Building (Special Collections Library), University of Georgia, Athens, GA
2014
Terrain: Painting the South, The Classic Center, Athens, GA
Out of the Vault, Athens Chamber of Commerce, Athens, GA
2013
The Contemporary Southern Landscape, Jepson Center, Telfair Museums, Savannah, GA
2010
An Evening on Naturalist William Bartram, Oconee Cultural Art Foundation, Watkinsville GA
Spirit of the Land V, invitational exhibit, State Botanical Garden, Athens, GA
2008
Italia, group exhibit, Carteret Contemporary Art, Morehead City, NC
Spirit of the Land III, invitational exhibit, State Botanical Garden, Athens, GA
2007
Coastal Landscapes, Two Person Exhibit, Carolina Galleries, Charleston, SC
Spirit of the Land II, invitational exhibit, State Botanical Garden, Athens, GA
2006
At the Water's Edge, group exhibit, Carolina Galleries, Charleston, SC
Spirit of the Land, invitational exhibit, State Botanical Garden, Athens, GA
Group exhibition, Aurum Studios, Athens, GA
Perspectives of Travel, two-person exhibit, UGA Alumni Center, Atlanta, GA
2005
Matters of Perspective, two-person exhibit, Aurum Studios, Athens, GA
Places-Nonplaces, two-person exhibit, Circle Gallery, The University of Georgia, Athens, GA
Skinnydipping, group exhibit, Mercury Gallery, Athens, GA
Thirtieth Annual Juried Exhibition, Lyndon House Arts Center, Athens, GA
2002
Exploration and Discovery: Field Studies, group exhibit, Circle Gallery, The University of Georgia, Athens, GA
Topophilia II, invitational exhibit, Clayton Street Gallery, Athens, GA
2001
Hoochie on the Coochie, Atlanta, GA
2000
Isolalunga to Holzhausen, two-person exhibit, Joanna Angell Gallery, Walterboro, SC
1997
Twenty-second Annual Juried Exhibition, Lyndon House Arts Center, Athens, GA
1995
SED First Annual Juried Student Exhibition, Circle Gallery, The University of Georgia, Athens, GA
1994
Travelers' Landscapes, two-person exhibit, Dover Public Library, Dover, MA
1990
Honors Thesis Exhibition, group exhibit, Visual Arts Gallery, The University of Georgia, Athens, GA
1988
Mostra, juried exhibit of work by participants in the University of Georgia Studies Abroad program, Cortona, Italy

Selected Talks

2021
"Prairie Landscapes Rediscovered" Virtual presentation and panel discussion with the Keller Science Action Center, Field Museum, Chicago, IL
"Picturing the Prairie, A Vision of Restoration", Virtual presentation and discussion with Wendy Paulson. Avid Bookshop, Athens, GA
2020
"Picturing the Prairie", Keynote presentation. Citizens for Conservation. Barrington, IL
"The Art of Conservation", artist lecture, College of Environment and Design, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia
2018
"Falling in Love with Southeastern Grasslands, Paintings from Prairie to Páramo" Fuqua Lecture, Atlanta Botanical Garden, Atlanta, GA
"Falling in Love with Southeastern Grasslands, Paintings from Prairie to Páramo", Plenary Speaker, Cullowhee Conference on Native Plants, Cullowhee, NC
2017
"Prairie to Páramo: A Landscape Painter Falls in Love with the Forgotten Grasslands of the Southeast and Beyond", keynote speaker, Southeastern Grasslands Initiative summit, Clarksville, TN
2016
"Framed by Longleaf: An Artist's Perspective," plenary speaker, 11th biennial Longleaf Alliance Conference, Savannah, GA
2015
"Painting Fire Into the Landscape" plenary speaker, Georgia Prescribed Fire Council annual meeting, Tifton, GA
"Rediscovering the Southern Landscape of the 18th Century" and "The Art of William Bartram" Presentations by Philip Juras and Janice Simon. Special Collections Library, University of Georgia, Athens, GA
2014
"Searching for the Southern Frontier: Landscapes Inspired by Bartram’s Travels," Cherokee Garden Library Lecture, Atlanta History Center, Atanta, GA
2013
"Searching for the Southern Frontier: Landscapes Inspired by Bartram's Travels," keynote speaker, St. George Tucker Society annual meeting, Augusta, GA
"Searching for the Southern Frontier: Landscapes Inspired by Bartram's Travels," keynote speaker, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Partners for Fish and Wildlife and Coastal Program Training, Lafayette, LA
"Is a Picture Worth a Thousand Fires?", 4th Fire Behavior and Fuels Conference, Raleigh, NC
2012
"Envisioning Southern Grasslands with William Bartram", keynote speaker, Southeastern Prairie Symposium, Starkville, MS
"Visions of the Presettlement South", South Carolina Native Plants Symposium, keynote speaker, Clemson, SC
2011
"Searching for William Bartram's Southern Frontier", Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA
"The Sublime Nature of a Dynamic Coast", Coastal Wildscapes, Richmond Hill, GA
"Searching for Bartram's Southern Frontier" Artist lecture, Morris Museum of Art, Augusta, GA
"Searching for the Southern Frontier" Artist lecture sponsored by the city of Savannah, Telfair Museum, Savannah, GA
"Finding Bartram’s Landscapes in the Modern-day South" Conference on William Bartram's Georgia, Savannah, GA
2010
"Forgotten Grasslands: Envisioning the Presettlement Piedmont", The Evelyn McNeill Sims Lecture at the North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill, NC
"Behind the Scenes: A Landscape Painter Drinks Science Kool-aid," cosponsored by the Environmental Ethics Certificate Program and the Department of Geology at The University of Georgia, Athens, GA.
2009
"Portraying the presettlement Southeast through oil paintings of remnant grassland communities," 6th Eastern Native Grass Symposium, Columbia, SC.

Publications

2021
Picturing the Prairie: A Vision of Restoration. Athens, GA: Little Bluestem Press.
2016
2011
The Southern Frontier, Landscapes Inspired by Bartram's Travels. Savannah, GA: Telfair Books, distributed by the University of Georgia Press. Winner of the Georgia Author of the Year Award, Specialty Book Category, from the Georgia Writers Association, 2012. Second edition paperback, University of Georgia Press, 2015

Education

1997
Master of Landscape Architecture, The University of Georgia, Athens, GA. MLA Thesis: The Presettlement Piedmont Savanna: A Model for Landscape Design and Management
1990
Bachelor of Fine Arts, The University of Georgia, Athens, GA. Major: Drawing and Painting.
1988
University of Georgia Studies Abroad in Cortona, Italy, Drawing and Painting.

Honors

2020
Owens 50: Individuals honored for shaping the UGA College of Environment and Design throughout its history.
2017
One Hundred Miles 100: Individuals and Businesses Making a Difference for Georgia's Coast
2012
Georgia Author of the Year Award, Specialty Book Category, from the Georgia Writers Association.