Carol Betsch
American, 1948–
Birch Allée, Stan Hywet, 1997
Iris print on paper

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To celebrate Smith College’s new Landscape Studies program, through which students can now earn a minor in the field, the Museum is hosting A Genius for Place: American Landscapes of the Country Place Era. The show includes more than 70 photographs that trace the unusual landscape developments that characterize the American Country Place Era, an important design movement from the first half of the twentieth century (1895–1940).

Photographer and editor Carol Betsch traveled to seven distinctive sites across the United States with landscape historian and author Robin Karson to create the exhibition's photographs. Each site is documented by one large color Iris print and ten smaller black and white photographs. The exhibition also includes garden plans to show how the individual photographs fit into the larger vision for each site.

Presentation of A Genius for Place at SCMA was made possible by generous support from the Tryon Associates fund. Additional support for the museum's special exhibitions and programs is provided by Members of the Museum and by the Museum Shop. Media sponsorship has been provided by the Valley Advocate.

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