Avant Gardens

April 27, 2019 - September 8, 2019

Ilgenfritz Gallery, Griswold Corridor, and Wright Gallery

“Avant Gardens” brings together the work of contemporary artists who examine themes related to the garden and cultivated nature. Taking diverse approaches to the garden, the featured artists explore several themes. While some of the artists begin with the garden as a point of creative departure to explore the aesthetic and decorative qualities of flowers and plants, others focus on the environmental issues related to the garden and gardening. Still there are other artists who emphasize the social dimensions of gardening by focusing on the literal and symbolic roles of gardens in cultures and communities. Collectively, the artists of “Avant Gardens” build upon and reinvigorate the long-standing tradition in art of investigating beauty, nature, and society through depictions of the garden. Participating artists include Caleb Cole, Bob Dilworth, Thea Dodds, Steven J. Duede, Lucas Foglia, Mary Kocol, Randal Thurston, and others.


Steven J. Duede, Untitled #37 (Evanescence Project), 2016, Dye sublimation print, 48 x 58 inches. Courtesy of the artist.

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