Prichard Exhibit Highlights Wildland Firefighters Up Close
February 09, 2018
Colorful, intimate and intensely dramatic images that capture the often-far away work of wildland firefighters go on exhibit this month at the University of Idaho Prichard Art Gallery.
“Facing the Inferno, the Wildfire Photography of Kari Greer,” will go in display Friday, Feb. 16, at the Prichard. An opening reception is 5-7 p.m. Friday. Greer, who works as a photographer for the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, will speak about her work during a lecture at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15, in the Borah Theater of the Bruce M. Pitman Center on the Moscow campus. Award-winning author and MacArthur fellow Stephen Pyne has written an essay to accompany the exhibit.
Greer, a former firefighter, specializes in wildland fire photography and editorial photojournalism. She has unprecedented access to aerial operations and accompanies fire crews working side by side on attack lines throughout the Western fire season. Her work examines the heighted fire activity seen across Idaho, Montana and Wyoming at a time when people are traveling further into the woods and the land surrounding wildfires is increasingly contested.
“This exhibit not only brings attention to the remarkable images of Kari Greer, but demonstrates the important role the humanities have in advancing discussions around critical issues” said Roger Rowley, director of the Prichard.
Alongside Greer’s images of wildfires will be the exhibit “Lookouts in Fire Detection” by C. Rod Bacon. Having spent more than 20 summers as a fire lookout, Bacon’s exhibit will feature views of and from lookouts in the Northwest. At the center of Bacon’s exhibit will be an actual fire finder from a lookout used to locate the fires seen from a tour.
The exhibit is a collaboration with the U of I Forest, Rangeland and Fire Science program. It is on display through April 14 and will include educational tours for K-12 and university students. Student firefighters will help lead these tours. It is funded in part through grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and funding from the Idaho Commission on the Arts. Additional contributors to the project include Metal and Paper, the Forest Fire Lookout Association and the Northern Rockies Fire Science Network.
This project, “Facing the Inferno, the Wildfire Photography of Kari Greer,” was funded in part under National Endowment for the Arts grant No. 17-4100-7112. The total amount of federal funds for the grant is $15,000, which amounts to approximately 50 percent of the total cost of the project.
Director, Prichard Art Gallery
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