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Karen Hackenberg, Have an Ice Day, 2015


August 24, 2019 – December 1, 2019

This traveling exhibition of dramatic paintings and sculptures heightens public attention about environmental issues and unintended consequences of human interaction with nature. Topics covered include global warming, the Gulf oil spill, unabated logging and mining, loss of bee populations, and more. Discover the fragility and hopeful resiliency of our world through the eyes of over 20 artists.

ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT II is produced by David J. Wagner, L.L.C., David J. Wagner, Ph.D., Curator/Tour Director, davidjwagnerllc.com.

Upcoming Exhibitions

Florida Shines On: PARC Artists

September 2019

The Inspired Artist Studios @ PARC is a career advancement initiative for artists of all ages with intellectual and developmental disabilities wishing to participate in Florida’s thriving creative industry. The James Museum proudly supports PARC’s artists with this traveling exhibition.


Spirit Lines: Helen Hardin Etchings

December 21, 2019 – March 1, 2020

The colorful copper plate etchings of Santa Clara Pueblo artist Helen Hardin (1943-1984) celebrate her Native heritage as well as modern interpretations and techniques. This exhibition is courtesy of Helen Hardin #1’s LLC, a Nevada Corporation.

Hardin’s art is featured alongside paintings by her mother, Pablita Velarde, and sculptures by contemporary Santa Clara Pueblo artist Tammy Garcia.

Helen Hardin, Changing Woman, Copper plate etching, 1980


Blake Little: Photographs from the Gay Rodeo

March 28 – June 20, 2020

Consisting of 41 black-and-white photographs taken between 1988 and 1992, this exhibition documents the gay rodeo circuit and the lives of many of its participants in those years. In addition to serving as stunning examples of portraiture and rodeo photography, this body of work explores the diverse and complex natures of individual and community identity in the West.

Los Angeles-based photographer Blake Little attended his first gay rodeo in 1988 and was hooked. Over the next few years, Little became increasingly involved in the gay rodeo community and participated in many events. Along the way, he documented the growing sport from the inside, capturing with equal attention fast-paced arena action and quiet moments behind the chutes.

Adapted from an exhibition at the Eiteljorg Museum in Indianapolis, this exhibition is a Program of ExhibitsUSA, a national division of Mid-American Arts Alliance and The National Endowment for the Arts.

Blake Little, Bareback Bronc Riding, San Diego, CA, 1992, archival pigment printed on Epson exhibition paper, 13 x 20 in; Loan courtesy of Blake Little.

Ergo Sum: A Crow A Day and Beyond

July 18 – October 4, 2020

In 2014, Canadian-born artist Karen Bondarchuk set out to mark the passing time that her mother – diagnosed with dementia in 2010 – no longer could. For 365 days, she produced a crow a day on a small hand-cut panel, remembering her mother as she once was and grieving her loss. The resulting body of work explores communication and an artist’s relationship to the world; it resonates for its depth, beauty, and whimsy.

“The series is simultaneously a marker of my mother’s lost time and a constant reminder of my own days, my life, and an attempt to signal visually the preciousness and individuality of each day.”

Karen Bondarchuck (born 1964) is Professor of Art at Western Michigan University. She studied at Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax, and The Ohio State University, Columbus.

This exhibition is organized by the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, WI.

Karen Bondarchuk, Ergo Sum: A Crow A Day, 2014-2015, charcoal, ink, graphite, pastel, Pigma Micron, gold leaf, and presstype on handmade gessoed panel, each 7 3/4 x 5 3/4 in, collection of the artist.

Artists for Conservation Exhibit of Nature in Art

March 13 – May 23, 2021

This annual juried exhibition features over 60 works of art celebrating nature and spotlighting conservation opportunities. Paintings, photography, sculptures, and special installations tell stories of natural diversity that is being lost and human factors affecting it. Art can play a critical role in informing and emotionally connecting the public to nature and driving a change for the better.

Artists for Conservation (AFC) is the world’s leading group of artists dedicated to supporting the environment. With a network of over 500 nature and wildlife artists spanning five continents and 30 countries, exhibition organizer AFC is a driving force in a global educational movement for conservation.

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