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The National Park Project

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Monday, 5 July 2021 to Thursday, 26 August 2021

This solo show of works by Beth Shadur features her National Park Project series, works that address human use and abuse of the natural landscape of land set aside as pristine and special. The NP lands are sacred to Native American tribes, who in most cases have been driven off and relocated, but still consider the land important to not only their history, but their contemporary lives. Shadur looks at how the various parks have addressed this through her research, and looks at how humans have intervened through industry, tourism, climate change, hunting, and other ways of using the land. The beauty of these landscapes is presented in her works, but with a warning look at the precariousness of these lands if not protected and given respect. Her focus is on informing the public to consider how these lands are used, who their use has affected, and how we can keep these lands as sacred spaces for ALL populations. 

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Beth Shadur has exhibited widely in solo and group exhibitions in the United States and abroad, including at the Art Institute of Chicago and the Drawing Center in NYC. She has created over 150 large public murals as public, private and community art projects in both the United States and Great Britain. She has taught and served as a visiting artist at many colleges and universities and her work appears in many publications, books and catalogues, including Twentieth Century Watercolors, Abbeville Press; Art and Cartography, Art Institute of Chicago. 

Shadur has been awarded numerous Ragdale Fellowships and is a Thomas Watson Fellow from Brown University; from 2004-6, she served as Executive Director of ARC Gallery, Chicago. She participated in the Cool Globes Public Art Project in Chicago in 2007, and in 2008, was Artist-in-Residence at the Burren College of Art in Ireland through a Governor’s Award for International Arts Exchange from the Illinois Arts Council. She has been an Artist in Residence at the Banff Centre for the Arts and at the Harfnarborg Art Museum in Iceland. She is the Gallery Director at Prairie State College in Illinois, and is an independent curator as well.

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4801 Morgantown Road

Bowling Green KY 42101

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