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Project Art for Nature exhibition promotes awareness and stewardship

Posted by Judy Korn on Thursday, Oct. 15, 2009

The University of Minnesota, Morris is proud to present the Project Art for Nature (PAN) exhibition at the Humanities Fine Arts Gallery from October 22 until November 27, 2009. The opening reception, free and open to the public, will be held on Thursday, October 22 from 7 until 9 p.m. Several of the artists will attend the opening reception and will also meet with senior studio art majors to discuss career paths within arts and share career advice.

Founded in 2001, PAN is a collaboration of Minnesota and Wisconsin artists and illustrators who create artwork that promotes awareness, understanding, and stewardship of threatened regional natural areas. Each artist chooses one or two natural sites to regularly visit and then creates artwork focused on, inspired by, or illustrating aspects of their chosen area(s). The artists become intimate with the native plant and animal communities and changes to the prairie, savannah, forest, wetland, or riparian habitats.

“Whether protected, in need of maintenance or restoration, or surviving through benign neglect, all the areas chosen by PAN artists provide diminishing habitat for precious native flora and fauna,” states artist and PAN founder Vera Wong.

The exhibition includes work in diverse media by artists Mary Coughlin, Marj Davis, Estella Lerma, Denise Friesen, Mark Granlund, Barbara Harman, David Morrison, Bonnie Ploger, Teri Power, Diane Wesman, and Wong.

HFA Gallery hours are 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Friday and 1 until 5 p.m. on Saturday. For more information about the reception or exhibition, contact Michael Eble, HFA Gallery curator, at 320-589-6285 or meble at