Anniston Museum of Natural History

Anniston, AL



Arts for the Parks at The Anniston Museum of Natural History


The Anniston Museum of Natural History is exhibiting a collection of paintings of national parks and monuments through August 29, 1999, in the Changing Exhibit Gallery. The exhibition titled Arts for the Parks is the largest and most prestigious American competition for contemporary realist painting. Each year, thousands of American and international artists enter their work in this juried competition. Only 100 of the top works are chosen for touring.

Included in the exhibition are scenes of landscapes, wildlife, and historical figures and objects. The artists who have created these images are professional as well as amateur. Roger Ernest's "Nightflow Cascade" of slowly moving lava at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (see right) captivates the viewer with a dramatic color combination of cool blues and fiery reds. The metallic surfaces in "Coming Alive" by Robert Milnazik reveal the complexity and beauty of the steam engine as seen at Steamtown National Historic Site in Scranton, Pennsylvania. "The Root Cellar" by Heidi Presse is an intriguing interplay of texture and light. Her watercolor of a simple log structure is from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

From shore to shore; from mountain to canyon; and from lake to desert, Arts for the Parks illustrates the history and natural beauty of America. The images capture the essence of our national parks and create greater public awareness of their significance.

Arts for the Parks was created by the National Park Academy of the Arts in cooperation with the National Park Foundation, which was created by an Act of Congress in 1967 as the private foundation of the Parks. Its goal is to provide imaginative, private sector support for the National Park System in order to help preserve the Parks' scenic, historical, and cultural resources for future generations. The exhibition at the Anniston Museum of Natural History is made possible in part by funding from the Alabama State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

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