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Annual symposium examines “The Contemporary Landscape”

10/31/2002 2:19:00 PM

    LYNCHBURG, Va. — The 12th Annual Helen Clark Berlind Symposium, "The Contemporary Landscape" will bring three acclaimed experts to the Maier Museum of Art Saturday, November 2nd at 2:00 P.M. This free public event will feature artists Rackstraw Downes and Emmet Gowin, as well as Harvard Orchard Professor in the History of Landscape John Stilgoe.

Downes and Gowin will be discussing their own recent work and their contributions to The View from Here: The Contemporary Landscape, the Museum’s 92nd Annual Exhibition of contemporary American art, currently on display. Stilgoe will address the issues regarding society’s perception of the contemporary man-made environment and our impact on the natural landscape.

Downes is a realist painter who currently has paintings displayed in public collections at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Downes received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in fine arts from Yale University.

Gowin is professor of photography at Princeton University. He has received awards from the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, the Seattle Arts Commission, and a Pew Fellowship in the Arts for 1993-94. He was the recipient of the President’s Award for Distinguished Teaching at Princeton University in 1997.

Stilgoe offers courses on the history and future of North American built landscapes at the Harvard Design School in Cambridge, Mass., where he is the Robert and Lois Orchard Professor in the History of Landscape. He is a Fellow of the Society of American Historians and a recipient of the American Society of Landscape Artists Bradford Williams Medal, recognizing superior writing in Landscape Architecture magazine, and an American Institute of Architects medal for collaborative research.

For more information, call 434-947-8136.

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