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Prichard Art Gallery Receives National Endowment for the Arts Grant

June 23, 2017

The University of Idaho Prichard Art Gallery has received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to fund a wildfire photography exhibition.

The $15,000 grant, part of $82 million NEA Chairman Jane Chu approved to fund local arts projects across the country, will allow the Prichard to exhibit “Conflagration, the Wildfire Photography of Kari Greer.” The grant is one of 1,029 Art Works grants out of 1,728 submissions, ranging from $10,000 to $100,000 funded with the most recent grant award.

“The arts reflect the vision, energy, and talent of America’s artists and arts organizations,” Chu said. “The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support organizations such as University of Idaho Prichard Art Gallery, in serving their communities by providing excellent and accessible arts experiences.”

Since 2002, over 14 million acres have burned in wildfires across Idaho, Montana and Wyoming. Increased wildfire activity is coming at a time when people are traveling further into wildlands while the role of government and individual freedoms and responsibilities are contested territories. Greer examines the evolving relationship between wildfire and these forces in her exhibit. Formerly a firefighter on the front lines with a pack, pick and shovel, Greer now has unprecedented access as she works alongside firefighters as a photographer for the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC). While Greer’s portraiture has been published far and wide, this exhibit contextualizes her work around awesome and terrifying circumstances on a global scale.

“It is wonderful to receive support from the NEA for this critical project,” said Roger Rowley, director of the Prichard. “While positions around global warming are largely based on ideology and belief systems, the increase in size and severity of wildfires are harder to deny.”

Presented in intimate portraits and intense, large photos, this exhibit uses Greer’s images to foreground presentations and discussions around our relationship to wildlands and our changing environment. The exhibit will include educational tours for K-12 and university students and student firefighters. Members of UI Fire Ecology and Management will discuss the change in fire seasons and its future impact, and award-winning author and MacArthur fellow Steve Pyne will lecture alongside Greer. Pyne is writing an essay to accompany the exhibit. Additional contributors will include the Forest Fire Lookout Association and the Northern Rockies Fire Science Network. The exhibition is scheduled for Feb. 16 through April 15, 2018.

This project, “Conflagration, the Wildfire Photography of Kari Greer,” was funded under National Endowment for the Arts grant No. 17-4100-7112. The total amount of federal funds for the project is $15,000, which amounts to 50 percent of the total cost of the project. The total amount of non-federal funds for the project is $15,000, which amounts to 50 percent of the total cost of the project.

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Roger Rowley
Director, Prichard Art Gallery
(208) 885-3586

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