Beneath the Canopy: Contemplating the Tree in Art

Beneath the Canopy: Contemplating Trees in Art

Fall 2015 Exhibit

Date & Time:

Tuesday, September 8, 2015
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
September 8, 2015 – January 4, 2016


O'Shaughnessy Educational Center Lobby Gallery

Trees have a timeless place in art across cultures and traditions. The tree is not only a utilitarian plant, providing shelter, cloth, and food, but it is also a powerful symbol. The three great Abrahamic religions all have a Tree of Life, representing, among other things, the trees in the Paradise Garden. The Old Norse saw a World Tree that connected the heavens with the Underworld. The Bodhi Tree, under which the Buddha received enlightenment, is now a sacred shrine. 

Trees are a potent expression of humanity’s relationship with nature in the minds of both artists and their audiences. “Beneath the Canopy: Contemplating Trees in Art” features interpretations of the forested landscape in the photography of Ann Ginsburgh Hofkin, Olga Ivanova, and Linda Gammel, paintings by Holly Newton Swift, as well as traditional and contemporary efforts in three-dimensional objects by Dale Nish, Michael Mahoney, Michelle Kaiseratt, and Betty Scarpino, that celebrate the worldwide perspectives on trees.

We are grateful to our collaborators, the colleges and universities of the Fall Art Tour, UST Family Weekend, The American Swedish Institute, the Gallery of Wood Art, the Bloomington Center for the Arts, the artists, the Art History Department and the College of Arts and Sciences.

Curated by Dr. Shelly Nordtorp-Madson, Director of University Collections
Assisted by Alex Kermes and Angie Daniels, Art History Graduate Students

Reception: Saturday, October 3rd, 1-4 pm

Viewing Hours

9 a.m. – 10 p.m.  Monday-Thursday

9 a.m. – 6 p.m.    Friday

9 a.m. – 9 p.m.    Saturday

Noon – 10 p.m.   Sunday

Free and open to the public.

Parking is available in the Anderson Parking Facility, corner of Grand and Cretin Avenues.
Gallery location and parking directions:

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