Art and Land Conservation Symposium
Valuing the Aesthetics of Nature:
The Role of the Visual Artist in the American Conservation Movement
August 3-4, 2017 — Colby College, Waterville, Maine
Information and Registration ($95): ArtLandSymposium2017.org
A two-day symposium exploring the critical role of 19th and 20th century visual artists in the American land conservation movement, and considering how art can inform land conservationists, outdoor enthusiasts, art lovers, and citizen stewards in addressing contemporary pressures on the American landscape. Sponsored by the National Park Service and Appalachian Trail Conservancy and Maine Arts Commission.
Learn from experts on Adams, Bierstadt, Church, Cole, Hartley, O’Keeffe, Olmsted, Watkins and others how artists created landscape images for Americans who had never and might never experience them directly. Nationally-recognized scholars in art, history, American studies and law will relate how artists helped policy-makers embrace a land protection ethic based on the aesthetic values of nature that played an essential role in the creation of our national and state parks. Presentations on contemporary artists in Maine and national parks with a thematic focus on the arts will also be included. The symposium will precede Views from the Maine Woods, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s biennial conference.
The symposium will be followed by optional field trips (August 5 & 6) to three iconic Maine regions where some of America’s most influential artists worked—Katahdin, Acadia, and Monhegan.