Terry Evans: Stories of the American Prairies

November 27, 2020—July 4, 2021

Terry Evans: Stories of the American Prairies features thirty-three photographs by acclaimed Chicago-based photographer, Terry Evans. The exhibition is a love letter to America’s Heartland documenting the ecological transformations of the mid-west from Texas to Canada. Evans’s micro-to-macro perspectives examine the land from the ground and from the air (the latter not by drone). Her art comes out of a knowledge of the history of landscape photography, art history, the history of her region, and America’s industrial development. And her vision is distinctly humanist, at once grassroots and universal. Evans’s art and message (equal parts fable, history, and autobiography) are relevant to Gainesville, also a prairie land with rapid development. Her photographs speak to our collective health and well-being, fitting for our time.

Image credits
 
Slide 1
Left: A Small Central Illinois Prairie, May 15, 2018, Negatives 2018, print 2020, Pigment print mounted on aluminum, Museum purchase, funds provided by the Caroline Julier and James G. Richardson Art Acquisition Fund
Right: Anton Olsen's Flora of Kansas, green milkweed, May 25, 1886, 1999, Negative 1999, print 2020, Pigment print, Museum purchase, funds provided by the Caroline Julier and James G. Richardson Art Acquisition Fund
Slide 2
Left: Kanapolis, Kansas, gravel pit, April 7, 1991, Pigment print, On loan from artist and Catherine Edelman Gallery, Chicago
Right: Slag Processing, Indiana Harbor, August 31, 2006, 2006, Pigment print
Slide 3
Left: Inland Beach, Humboldt Park, Chicago, June 29, 2004, Negative 2004, print 2019, Pigment print, Museum purchase, funds provided by the Caroline Julier and James G. Richardson Art Acquisition Fund
Middle: Steel Mill, ISG Indiana Harbor Blast Furnaces H3 and H4, East Chicago, Indiana, May 12, 2003, From the series, Revealing Chicago, Negative: 2003; print: 2005, Pigment print
Right: Harley Bingenheimer, pipe wrangler on oil rig, Evanston, Wyoming, Negative 2012, print 2020, Pigment print, On loan from artist and Catherine Edelman Gallery, Chicago