Philip Juras’s exhibit of landscape paintings celebrates the rich aesthetics, ecology, and history of Illinois prairies. Over a five-year period, guided by some of the foremost prairie conservationists in Illinois and by his own research, Juras traveled from his home in Athens, Georgia, to the Chicago area and beyond to discover—and rediscover—a vision of an ecosystem that has virtually vanished in North America. More than a dozen larger sized studio canvases and many smaller field paintings depicting remnants, restorations, and imagined re-creations take the viewer on a journey of prairie landscapes from the Wisconsin border to the southern end of the state. This body of work continues Juras’s exploration of natural landscapes, especially historical grassland ecosystems.Read more
Philip Juras will present awe-inspiring images of prairies—one of Earth’s most endangered ecosystems—and connect his art with the ecology of prairie ecosystems and their history. Juras will be joined in conversation by
Field Museum distinguished conservation ecologist and ornithologist Dr. Douglas Stotz,
Director of Chicago’s North Park Village Nature Center Amaris Alanis-Ribeiro, and
Conservation and Policy Council member for the Forest Preserves of Cook County and restoration ecologist Laurel Ross.
Keller Science Action Center Director Amy Rosenthal will moderate the conversation about the importance of prairies, local restoration efforts, and grassland birds in Chicago Wilderness and take questions from the audience. Free and open to the public but registration is required. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP.
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Cultivating the Wild focuses on six Southerners committed to reclaiming the nature of the South through art, science, and culture. Their inspiration is William Bartram, 18th century naturalist and America’s first environmentalist.
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