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Adam in the Wetlands / Canal
  • Rick Mitchell
    born 1949
    born: Lawrence, Kansas, United States
  • Adam in the Wetlands / Canal, 2017
  • Where object was made: Lawrence, Kansas, United States
  • inkjet print
  • Image Dimensions Height/Width: 57.5 x 86.5 cm
    Image Dimensions Height/Width: 22 5/8 x 34 1/16 in
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 65 x 94 cm
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 25 9/16 x 37 in
    Mat Dimensions: 32 x 43 in
  • Museum purchase: Lucy Shaw Schultz Fund
  • On view: Simons Gallery, 316, E2
  • 2017.0146
Label Text

Exhibition Label:
"The Power of Place: KU Alumni Artists", 16-Feb-2019
This photograph demonstrates artist Rick Mitchell’s ongoing engagement with the meaning of place in people’s lives. Mitchell taught photographic environmental documentation for 18 years at Rutgers University in New Jersey. He also taught drawing and painting at KU in 2009 and 2010. In addition, he helped found the Committee on Imagination & Place through the Lawrence Arts Center, which has convened national conferences and published books on many aspects of place.
Mitchell describes this work:
“This picture of my oldest son Adam in the Wakarusa Wetlands was made just prior to the beginning of construction of a controversial highway bypass. While it may capture aspects of my son’s character, for me it is also a lamentation for land and habitat that are being overwhelmed by human development.”