This exhibition, entirely drawn from works in SCMA’s holdings, offers a wide variety of perspectives by contemporary American artists on the landscape in its natural, altered, or re-imagined forms. Featuring a range of topographies from cultivated lands to forest and desert, The Lay of the Land highlights new acquisitions, as well as works being displayed for the first time.

Some works in the exhibition render the landscape realistically, while others recast nature in abstract terms. Some illuminate natural forces or natural wonders, from the devastating aftermath of the eruption of Mount St. Helens to the fragile beauty of rainbows. Others address the effects of human interventions—artistic or otherwise—on the environment. Local landscapes by local artists are a special feature of the exhibition, a visual reminder not only of the many scenic splendors of the region but its wealth of artistic talent.


Image: Stephen Petegorsky, American, born 1954. Corn Fields After Harvest: The Meadows, Print, 2007 Negative; 2009 Print, Pigment inkjet. Gift of Stephen Petegorsky in memory of Michael Goodison. SC 2009:4