April 22 - May 30, 2010
Joy Pratt Markham Gallery

Clockwise: Thoreau, Eileen Neff, 2004; White Butte, Paul Winokur, 2004; Blue Lake, Stacy Levy, 2005; Sedan Crater, Area 10, Northern End of Yucca Flat Looking South, Nevada Test Site, Emmet Gowin, 1996; Fire, Eric Aho, 2007

This exhibition, curated by Andrea Packard,  inaugurated the newly renovated Joy Pratt Markham Gallery and featured work in diverse media by five pre-eminent artists who offer transformative visions of our relationship to nature. The exhibition is accompanied by a 20-page color catalog including an essay by the curator. 

Beyond Sublime presented masterfully crafted art works that move beyond picturesque or conventional representations of nature. Working in photography, painting, sculpture and installation, the selected artists connect viewers to the beauty and mystery of our environment in ways that challenge habitual perceptions and definitions. Demonstrating imaginative vision, dedication to craft and a dynamic approach to materials and viewpoints, the selected artists prompt new ways of responding to both natural and built environments.  As Packard writes in the exhibition catalog: “Redefining traditional concepts of the sublime, they explore the way human interventions not only alter our environment, but the internal terrain from which imagination springs.”