Red Desert, Green Prairie, Blue Sky: Photographing the West
Red Desert, Green Prairie, Blue Sky: Photographing the West will be on exhibit July 5 through August 14, 2011 at Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Museum. This striking photography exhibition documents the cultural landscape of the Great Plains, feature the Red Desert of Wyoming, the prairie of Central Kansas, and the Llano Estacaingo of northwest Texas and eastern New Mexico.
These three regions belong to the arid expanse of the United States between the Missouri River and Rocky Mountains that was known as the Great American Desert in the 1800s because of the fragile, hostile character of the land. Perceived as an inhospitable wasteland, the High Plains did not attract European American settlers until the 1860s.
The exhibition is organized and toured by ExhibitsUSA, a national program of Mid-America Arts Alliance. ExhibitsUSA sends more than 20 exhibitions on tour to more than 100 small- and mid-sized communities every year. Mid-America is the oldest nonprofit regional arts organization in the United States. More information is available at www.maaa.org and www.eusa.org. Financial assistance for the exhibition has been provided by the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.
The Crisp Museum is located in the Cultural Arts Center at River Campus, 518 S. Fountain St. Cape Girarddeau, Missouri. Museum summer hours Tues.-Fri.: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekend: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. For additional information e-mail email@example.com or call (573) 651-2301.