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Nature as Inspiration

Maria Ferguson
(Roger Tory Peterson Institute)

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More than ever, we need art – we need artists – to explore dynamic new ways to help us experience the beauty of the natural world, the environmental challenges we face, and the opportunities for recovery and redemption. To highlight the work of contemporary nature artists, the Roger Tory Peterson Institute’s next exhibition, Art that Matters to the Planet, brings together 15 artists who create work about nature, showing both the breadth and depth of contemporary nature/art practice. Maria Ferguson will provide a sneak peek into the upcoming exhibition, showing the ways in which artists illuminate the beauty of nature, challenge us to confront environmental issues, and inspire us to preserve the earth’s biodiversity.

During this session, attendees will:

  • Explore works by contemporary nature artists

  • Get inspired to create their own works that will benefit our planet

Maria Ferguson is the Collections Curator at the Roger Tory Peterson Institute in Jamestown, NY. A lover of animals, nature, and art, she is thrilled to be in a position which celebrates the vital role of all three in our lives. Maria has previously worked in museum collections management and exhibition development for the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art in Memphis, TN, Davies Manor Plantation in Bartlett, TN and C.H. Nash Museum at Chucalissa in Memphis, TN. Maria earned her MA in Art History and Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies from the University of Memphis, and her BA in Art with an emphasis in photography from Penn State University.