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Lewis and Clark Trail Project
Paintings by Kenneth Holder

  • November 1 - December 7, 2001
  • Reception: Thursday, November 15, from 5 -8pm Gallery Lounge
  • Gallery Talk by Kenneth Holder: Thursday, November 15 at 7pm

The Parkland Art Gallery is pleased to present the “Lewis and Clark Trail Project.” The paintings in this exhibit were selected from more than five hundred works that Bloomington artists, Kenneth Holder, has done during the last five years, traveling and documenting the landscape along the Lewis and Clark trail.

During his travels Holder painted what he saw, the vast prairies, and the rugged mountains as well as the cultivated fields, bridges and dams that reflect the changes that have occurred since Lewis and Clark made their expedition some two hundred years ago. Holder’s goal of documenting what he saw was not unlike what Lewis was called upon to do for Thomas Jefferson when he accepted the challenge of exploring the new territory of the Louisiana Purchase. Holder though, is not documenting unknown territory but the passage of time and history of this land. His selection of subject matter, vantagepoints, and cropping of images bring a contemporary interpretation of these historic locations.

Kenneth Holder is a professor emeritus at Illinois State University. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts at Texas Christian University and his Master of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Through exhibiting this series of works Holder hopes to spark interest in the story of the two explorers and the enduring value of the lands they documented. Kenneth Holder will provide a gallery talk at 7 p.m. on the evening of the reception, Thursday, November 15, 2001.

Programs at the Parkland Art Gallery are partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a State agency. All events are free and open to the public.

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