‘Red Desert, Green Prairie, Blue Sky: Photographing the West’ Exhibit to be Displayed at Museum

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., June 28, 2011 — “Red Desert, Green Prairie, Blue Sky: Photographing the West” opens July 5 in the Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Museum at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus.

This striking photography exhibition documents the cultural landscape of the Great Plains, featuring the Red Desert of Wyoming, the prairie of Central Kansas and the Llano Estacado of northwest Texas and eastern New Mexico.

The images record the impact of human settlement on these largely untouched landscapes as individuals and companies have tapped into their agricultural potential and energy resources. Collectively, the photographs track the intervals of settlement, steady population decline, and environmental costs of these efforts as pictured in the land, buildings, artifacts and current occupants of these geographical regions.

The photographers represented in this exhibit include Martin Stupich, George Jerkovich, Peter Brown, Rick Dingus, Steve Fitch, Miguel Gandert, Tony Gleaton and Andrew John Liccardo.

The exhibit, which will remain on display through Aug. 14, is a program of ExhibitsUSA, a national division of Mid-America Arts Alliance with The Missouri Arts Council and The National Endowment for the Arts. More information is available at www.maaa.org and www.eusa.org. Financial assistance for this exhibition has been provided by the Missouri Arts Council.

The museum is located in the Cultural Arts Center at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus, located at 518 S. Fountain St. in Cape Girardeau, Mo. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Friday and 1 to 4 p.m. on weekends. For more information, call (573) 651-2260 or email museum@semo.edu.