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Wild at Heart: Conserving Nature Through Art & Archives

Spring 2022 Gallery Exhibit


"There are no other Everglades in the world…The miracle of the light pours over the green and brown expanse of saw grass and of water, shining and slow-moving below,

the grass and water that is the meaning and the central fact of the Everglades of Florida.

It is a river of grass." – Marjory Stoneman Douglas

The Everglades has been at the heart of the conservation movement in Florida since the beginning. In the 19th century, there was a push to drain wetlands to create more land for agriculture and development, and the Everglades were a prime target. This had catastrophic effects on the flora and fauna in the area, not to mention undermining the natural water control systems necessary to contend with rainfall in the tropics.  

In this exhibit, you’ll be introduced to Marjory Stoneman Douglas who called attention to the fact that the Everglades were dying in 1947 with her book The Everglades: River of Grass. You will also see examples of ways in which book artists, cartoonists, and photographers have used their mediums to call attention to the impact our actions have had on the area.  

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