The Southern Frontier, Landscapes Inspired by Bartram’s Travels

January 28 - May 8, 2011

Telfair Academy

Savannah Georgia

May 28 - Aug 14, 2011

Morris Museum of Art

Augusta Georgia

Thursday June 2nd, Opening Reception and Presentation by the Artist

This exhibit of 68 oil paintings by landscape artist Philip Juras offers a glimpse of the pre-settlement southern wilderness as William Bartram described it. Juras combines direct observation with historical, scientific, and natural history research to depict, and in some cases re-create, landscapes as they appeared in the 1770s. The paintings bring the long lost southern frontier to 21st century eyes in much the same way that 19th century American landscape painters like Bierstadt and Moran brought the western frontier to the consciousness of the industrializing nation. The exhibit will acquaint the viewer with many of the important and imperiled ecosystems that remain in the South today – remnant natural communities that would greatly benefit from wider public awareness.

The exhibit book (128 pages) published in conjunction with the exhibit features more than 60 reproductions of Juras’s paintings along with essays by Juras, Dorinda Dallmeyer of the University of Georgia, Holly Koons McCullough of the Telfair, and lauded poet and environmental advocate Janisse Ray. The essays place the work in the context of Bartram’s legacy and the American landscape movement, and reveal the ecology and history underlying the work. It was published in January 2011 by the Telfair Museum and distributed by the University of Georgia Press.
Several of the paintings in the exhibit are also included in Bartram’s Living Legacy: The Travels and the Nature of the South, an anthology of essays by southern nature writers inspired by Bartram, published by Mercer University Press September, 2010.

More about the exhibit: Art DailyAugusta ChronicleSavannah Morning News

Room 1 of 2 at the Morris Museum, May 2011.

Room 1 of 4 at the Telfair Museum, February, 2011.

Room 1 of 4 at the Telfair Museum, February, 2011.

Room 1 of 2 at the Morris Museum, May 2011.

The Shining Rocks

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Shining Rock Wilderness, Pisgah National Forest, North Carolina
December 2008

Oil on canvas 40 x 80in. (203.2 x 101.6cm)
Private collection

Vernal Pools at Heggie’s Rock

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Columbia County, Georgia
2001

Oil on canvas 48 x 66in. (167.64 x 121.92cm)
Private collection

Anthony Shoals

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Broad River, Wilkes County, Georgia
August 2009

Oil on canvas 40 x 66in. (167.64 x 101.6cm)
Collection of the Telfair Museums

Dewy Witchgrass

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Apalachicola National Forest, Florida
July 2010

Oil on canvas 40 x 66in. (167.64 x 101.6cm)
Collection of Pensacola Federal Court

Longleaf Glade

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Greenwood Plantation, Thomasville, Georgia
November 2008

Oil on canvas 40 x 60in. (152.4 x 101.6cm)
Private collection

Jones Narrows

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Isle of Hope (Wormsloe), Georgia
July 2010

Oil on canvas 40 x 54in. (137.16 x 101.6cm)
Private collection

Interdune

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Harbor Island, South Carolina
January 2009

Oil on canvas 40 x 54in. (137.16 x 101.6cm)
Private collection

Longleaf

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Greenwood Plantation, Thomasville, Georgia
December 2005

Oil on canvas 40 x 54in. (137.16 x 101.6cm)
Collection of Morris Communications

White Cliffs of the Mississippi

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East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana
July 2010

Oil on canvas 36 x 54in. (137.16 x 91.44cm)
Private collection

Last Light

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Dawho River, Edisto Island, South Carolina
June 2008

Oil on canvas 30 x 42in. (106.68 x 76.2cm)
Private collection

View From Wesser Bald

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Nantahala National Forest, North Carolina
July 2010

Oil on canvas 30 x 42in. (106.68 x 76.2cm)
Private collection

Dark Prong Forest

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Pisgah National Forest , North Carolina
October 2007

Oil on canvas 30 x 42in. (106.68 x 76.2cm)
Private collection

Piedmont Woodland Opening c. 1775

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Athens-Clarke County, Georgia
April 2010

Oil on canvas 30 x 42in. (106.68 x 76.2cm)
Private collection

Gulf Dunes

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Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge, Alabama
July 2010

Oil on canvas 30 x 40in. (101.6 x 76.2cm)
Private collection

Oak Savanna

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Sprewell Bluff Natural Area, Upson County, Georgia
March 2009

Oil on canvas 24 x 36in. (91.44 x 60.96cm)
Private collection

Cedar Grove

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Rock and Shoals, Athens-Clarke County , Georgia
October 2007

Oil on canvas 24 x 36in. (91.44 x 60.96cm)
Private collection

Changing Conditions

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Altamaha River, Wayne County, Georgia
September 2009

Oil on canvas 24 x 36in. (91.44 x 60.96cm)
Private collection

North Shore of Lake Pontchartrain

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Fontainebleau State Park , Louisiana
October 2009

Oil on canvas 24 x 36in. (91.44 x 60.96cm)
Private collection

Glasswort

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Edisto Island , South Carolina
March 2006

Oil on canvas 24 x 32in. (81.28 x 60.96cm)
Private collection

Black Belt Prairie c. 1775

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Montgomery County, Alabama
November 2009

Oil on canvas 24 x 32in. (81.28 x 60.96cm)
Private collection

Spring Run

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Manatee Springs State Park, Florida
October 2010

Oil on canvas 24 x 32in. (81.28 x 60.96cm)
Private collection

Getting Late, Becoming Still

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Ossabaw Sound, Georgia
June 2008

Oil on canvas 24 x 28in. (71.12 x 60.96cm)
Private collection

Burks Mountain

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Columbia County, Georgia
October 2010

Oil on canvas 18 x 28in. (71.12 x 45.72cm)
Private collection

Keowee Valley c. 1775

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Pickens County, South Carolina
October 2009

Oil on canvas 18 x 28in. (71.12 x 45.72cm)
Private collection

Passing Storm

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Ossabaw Island , Georgia
January 2008

Oil on canvas 18 x 28in. (71.12 x 45.72cm)
Private collection

Canebrake on the Mississippi

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Montgomery Island, Arkansas
October 2010

Oil on canvas 18 x 26in. (66.04 x 45.72cm)
Private collection

Apalachicola Savanna

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Apalachicola National Forest , Florida
December 2007

Oil on canvas 18 x 26in. (66.04 x 45.72cm)
Private collection

Alachua Savanna c. 1774

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Alachua County, Florida
March 2010

Oil on canvas 18 x 26in. (66.04 x 45.72cm)
Private collection

Delta Bayou

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Delta National Forest, Mississippi
October 2010

Oil on canvas 18 x 26in. (66.04 x 45.72cm)
Private collection

Old Growth Cypress in the Rain

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Altamaha River, Long County, Georgia
September 2009

Oil on canvas 18 x 24in. (60.96 x 45.72cm)
Private collection

White-Topped Pitcher Plants

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Splinter Hill Bog Preserve, Alabama
October 2009

Oil on canvas 18 x 24in. (60.96 x 45.72cm)
Private collection

Martin Creek (Bartram’s Falling Creek)

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Rabun County, Georgia
October 2010

Oil on canvas 24 x 18in. (45.72 x 60.96cm)
Private collection

Rock and Shoals Opening

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Athens-Clarke County, Georgia
November 2007

Oil on canvas 24 x 18in. (45.72 x 60.96cm)
Private collection

Greenwood Plantation

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Thomasville , Georgia
November 2007

Oil on canvas 24 x 18in. (45.72 x 60.96cm)
Private collection

Steady Wind on the Saint Johns River

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Bayard Conservation Area, Florida
November 2009

Oil on canvas 18 x 24in. (60.96 x 45.72cm)
Private collection

Swamp Forest on Stagger Mud Lake

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Ocala National Forest, Florida
October 2010

Oil on canvas 18 x 20in. (50.8 x 45.72cm)
Private collection

Small Cypress Dome

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Apalachicola National Forest, Florida
May 31, 2010

Oil on canvas 16 x 20in. (50.8 x 40.64cm)
Private collection

Light Rain in the Big Woods 

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Greenwood Plantation, Thomasville, Georgia
October 12, 2005

Oil on canvas 16 x 20in. (50.8 x 40.64cm)
Private collection

Anthony Shoals, Afternoon

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Broad River, Wilkes County, Georgia
April 30, 2009

Oil on canvas 14 x 18in. (45.72 x 35.56cm)
Private collection

Hopkins Prairie

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Ocala National Forest, Florida
June 26, 2009

Oil on canvas 14 x 18in. (45.72 x 35.56cm)
Private collection

One Day After Fire

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Moody Forest, Appling County, Georgia
May 20, 2010

Oil on canvas 14 x 18in. (45.72 x 35.56cm)
Private collection

View toward Jones Narrows

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Isle of Hope (Wormsloe), Georgia
April 30, 2010

Oil on canvas 14 x 18in. (45.72 x 35.56cm)
Private collection

Pellicer Creek

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Faver-Dykes State Park, Florida
May 29, 2010

Oil on canvas 14 x 18in. (45.72 x 35.56cm)
Private collection

Piedmont Savanna (c. 1775)

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Athens-Clarke County, Georgia
September 2005

Oil on canvas 14 x 18in. (45.72 x 35.56cm)
Private collection

Oconee Old Field (Old Field Afternoon)

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Oconee Station, South Carolina
June 11, 2009

Oil on canvas 12 x 18in. (45.72 x 30.48cm)
Private collection

Hunting Island Dunes

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Hunting Island State Park, South Carolina
May 27, 2004

Oil on canvas 11.75 x 15in. (38.1 x 29.845cm)
Private collection

Lake Pontchartrain Marshes

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Fontainebleau State Park, Louisiana
August 26, 2009

Oil on paper 10 x 10in. (25.4 x 25.4cm)
Private collection

Savanna in Early Morning Fog

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Apalachicola National Forest, Florida
May 16, 2001

Oil on paper 10 x 10in. (25.4 x 25.4cm)
Private collection

Savanna in Morning Light

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Apalachicola National Forest, Florida
May 16, 2001

Oil on paper 10 x 10in. (25.4 x 25.4cm)
Private collection

Gulf Dunes Study

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Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge, Alabama
June 17, 2010

Oil on paper 10 x 10in. (25.4 x 25.4cm)
Private collection

Fern Hammock Springs

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Juniper Springs, Ocala National Forest, Florida
June 26, 2009

Oil on paper 10 x 10in. (25.4 x 25.4cm)
Private collection

Paynes Prairie

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Alachua County, Florida
June 27, 2009

Oil on paper 10 x 10in. (25.4 x 25.4cm)
Private collection

Flooded Willows

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Montgomery Island, Arkansas
June 22, 2010

Oil on paper 10 x 10in. (25.4 x 25.4cm)
Artist's collection

Sulfur Spring at Stagger Mud Lake

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Ocala National Forest, Florida
October 23, 2009

Oil on paper 8 x 10in. (25.4 x 20.32cm)
Private collection

Edge of a Canebrake

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Georgia
March 2008

Oil on paper 8 x 10in. (25.4 x 20.32cm)
Private collection

Old Growth Oak Savanna

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Greene County, Georgia
March 2008

Oil on paper 8 x 10in. (25.4 x 20.32cm)
Private collection

Flame Front 4

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Moody Forest, Appling County, Georgia
May 20, 2010

Oil on paper 6.5 x 8in. (20.32 x 16.51cm)
Private collection

Flame Front 3

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Moody Forest, Appling County, Georgia
May 20, 2010

Oil on paper 6.5 x 8in. (20.32 x 16.51cm)
Private collection

Flame Front 2

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Moody Forest, Appling County, Georgia
May 20, 2010

Oil on paper 6.5 x 8in. (20.32 x 16.51cm)
Private collection

Flame Front 1

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Moody Forest, Appling County, Georgia
May 20, 2010

Oil on paper 6.5 x 8in. (20.32 x 16.51cm)
Private collection

Dark Prong Boulders

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Pisgah National Forest, North Carolina
June 6, 2006

Oil on paper 6 x 7.5in. (19.05 x 15.24cm)
Private collection

Old White River Channel

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Montgomery Island, Arkansas
June 22, 2010

Oil on paper 6 x 7.5in. (19.05 x 15.24cm)
Private collection

Jones Narrows 1

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Isle of Hope (Wormsloe), Georgia
April 30, 2010

Oil on paper 6 x 7.5in. (19.05 x 15.24cm)
Private collection

Spring Run (Study)

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Manatee Springs State Park, Florida
May 30, 2010

Oil on paper 6 x 7.5in. (19.05 x 15.24cm)
Private collection

Jones Narrows 2

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Isle of Hope (Wormsloe), Georgia
May 1, 2010

Oil on paper 6 x 7.5in. (19.05 x 15.24cm)
Private collection

Spring Basin

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Manatee Springs State Park, Florida
May 30, 2010

Oil on paper 6 x 7.5in. (19.05 x 15.24cm)
Artist's collection

Mississippi River

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Grand Gulf, Mississippi
August 27, 2009

Oil on paper 6 x 7.5in. (19.05 x 15.24cm)
Private collection

Prairie Opening

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Chickasaw Wildlife Management Area, Mississippi
August 28, 2009

Oil on paper 6 x 7.5in. (19.05 x 15.24cm)
Artist's collection