Through April 26: Gallery Exhibit on 'The Beginning Naturalist'

Event Details

Date: March 27, 2014

Times: Exhibit runs March 24 - April 26

Location: Eide/Dalrymple Gallery

Ticket Info: Free and open to the public.

The Eide/Dalrymple Gallery's newest exhibit, "The Beginning Naturalist: Photography and Artist Books by Paula McCartney" opened on Monday, March 24, and runs through Saturday, April 26.

A reception and artist's talk was Friday, March 28. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

In this exhibition, photographer and book artist Paula McCartney brings together two of her photography series, "Bronx Zoo" and "Bird Watching," along with a collection of her artist books.

"Her work is a meditation on our experiences with nature, and how we define and idealize what is natural. In both her series, the artist photographs living things juxtaposed with human-made elements," explained Dr. Lindsay Twa, associate professor of Art and director of the Eide/Dalrymple Gallery. "In 'Bronx Zoo,' she captures living birds and plants enclosed within the zoo’s painted dioramas, which are thoroughly constructed but deceptively naturalistic. In 'Bird Watching,' she reverses her focus and captures craft-store birds placed within wild settings. She produces an idealized bird-watching journal that is fabricated and “inauthentic,” forcing us to question how we find value in nature."

About the Artist

"Book of Trees," by Paula McCartneyMcCartney holds a Certificate in Photography from the International Center of Photography in New York, N.Y., a BFA in photography from Empire State College, also in New York, and an MFA in photography from the San Francisco Art Institute (2002). Her solo exhibitions include the MAEP Gallery of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, the Lompching Gallery in Brooklyn, and the Minnesota Center for Photography in Minneapolis. 

McCartney has also earned numerous awards and residencies. She is currently a second-time fellow of the McKnight Artist Fellowship for Photographers (2013-14, 2007-08). Her previous awards include the Critical Mass Top 50 award (2012) and the Daylight/Center for Documentary Studies Photo award (including juror’s pick, 2010). She is also the recipient of several grants, including from the Minnesota State Arts Board, the Minneapolis College of Art and Design Faculty Development grant, an Artist-in-Residence at the Minnesota Center for the Book (2006), a Women’s Studio Workshop Artist’s Book Production Grant (2005), and an Aaron Siskind Foundation Individual Photographer’s Fellowship Grant (2004).

Her work can be found in many collections, including:  the Museum of Modern Art (New York City), the Cleveland Museum of Art, Deutche Bank (New York City), the New York Public Library, the Smithsonian American Art Museum (Washington, D.C.), the Walker Art Center (Minneapolis, Minn.), and Yale University.

"St. Vincent Amazon" by Paula Mccartney"Plants and Curtain," by Paula McCartney













PHOTOS by McCartney: Top: "Song Sparrow" from the "Bird Watching" series, C-Print, 2007.
Above left: "St. Vincent Amazon" from the "Bronx Zoo" series, archival pigment print, 1998.
Above right: "Plants and Curtains" from the "Bronx Zoo" series, archival pigment print, 1998.

The Eide/Dalrymple Gallery is located on Commons Circle (30th St. and Grange Ave.), in the Center for Visual Arts at Augustana College. The gallery is open to the public and free of charge. Hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturdays from noon to 5 p.m. Closed Sundays.