This exhibition brings together recent work by photographers Terry Evans and Philip Heying and painter Mary Kay. All three artists have deep connections to Kansas—Heying and Kay reside in Matfield Green and Lindsborg, respectively, while Evans lived in Salina for 27 years, returns to the state often, and has since the 1970s made some of her best-known work here. All three also share a deep love for the prairie environments that surround and inspire them. Although they work in diverse and divergent ways, these artists express their love for the natural world and the creatures, both non-human and human, that inhabit it by paying close attention, observing slowly, and zooming into details. When these pieces are brought together, they form expansive and profound tributes to their subjects and the emotional rewards that a close connection to the land at hand offers us.
Banner: Detail of Terry Evans, Fent's Prairie, Salina, Kansas, May 2018, 2018. Image courtesy Terry Evans.