We at the connection have always held a deep appreciation for artists and the ways in which their work brings our national parks to life. Art has always been a part of the National Park Service story, from Ansel Adams to the Project Art for Nature (PAN) collaborative, artists have always played a crucial role in telling the story of America’s Best Idea.
Over the course of this summer, we have been so incredibly fortunate to see so many local artists working to capture the grandeur of the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area - and we encourage all of you to get out and experience your park from an artist’s perspective!
An exhibition of paintings by Pennsylvania artist Thomas Paquette, America’s River is a collection of stunning oil and gouache paintings that celebrate one of nation’s greatest treasures: the Mississippi River.
|Photo credit: Groveland Gallery|
Project Art for Nature
A collaborative of about 25 local artists and illustrators, PAN chooses individual natural areas in Minnesota and Wisconsin to focus on capturing. Participating artists visit the sites regularly over a three-year cycle, resulting in creative responses to seasonal and cumulative changes in the landscape.
Photo credit: Project Art for Nature (PAN)
A joint effort between Mississippi Park Connection and Mia, Seeing Nature is part exhibition and part guerilla art! To celebrate the new exhibit at Mia “Seeing Nature: Landscape Masterworks from the Paul G. Allen Family Collection,” 19 museum-style frames have been placed throughout the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area.
|Photo credit: @rachel_six12|
Find all 19 frames using this map, and share your masterpieces on Instagram with us using #parkconnection and #seeingnature. Then head down to Mia to see the exhibition – now through September 18!
As part of the Seeing Nature project – Mia has invited us to help host their Third Thursday event in August.
|Photo credit: Mia|
River City Revue
|Photo credit: Jeremy Messersmith|
While visual artists seem to get most of the recognition for telling the story of national parks, we’re very excited to be working with local musician Jeremy Messersmith and spoken-word artists from Word Sprout to put on this program.
Each revue brings to life a different theme, presenting diverse perspectives on our Great River. Join us on September 8 and discover your river!
No matter what your favorite medium is, there’s an opportunity out there for you to ring in the National Park Service Centennial with local artists who love this park as much as you do! Celebrate the natural magnificence of the national park in our backyard, and the wonderful artists who work to capture this beauty for the enjoyment of everyone.