Fort Hays State University's Sternberg Museum of Natural History has a new exhibition to promote, but you don't have to come to Hays to see it. It will travel to you.
The museum recently completed its first traveling exhibition, titled "Shades of Gray: Views of Technology and Nature," which is scheduled to travel to galleries around Kansas. The show features 60 black and white photographs by award-winning photographer Robert Lindholm paired with excerpts from the writings of famed aviator Charles Lindbergh.
"Shades of Gray" will tour the state until July 2004, when it will become available for national venues. The Kansas tour is being supported in part by the Kansas Arts Commission, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.
Lindholm spent more than 20 years practicing environmental law directed toward protecting the natural environment, and has seen the lasting effects that unreasonable use of technology has had on the environment. He expresses his understanding of these complex issues through the art of photography, in which he seeks to show how activities of man both respect and destroy the natural beauty of the planet.
Lindholm selected the images to accompany the writing of Lindbergh, who is best known for his history-making solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean. Lindbergh's experiences as a pioneering aviator gave him a unique perspective from which to view the changing landscape beneath his wings. Lindbergh came to realize that mankind must reach a balance between the achievements of technology and the capacities of the natural world, and shared his conviction in his eloquent writing.
The exhibition is scheduled to go to the Muchnic Gallery in Atchison from July 26-Aug. 31, the Columbian Theatre in Wamego from Sept. 5-Oct. 12, the Carnegie Arts Center in Goodland from Nov. 2-Nov. 30, the Deines Cultural Center in Russell from Jan. 10-Feb. 1, 2004, the Coffeyville Cultural Arts Center from Feb. 13-March 21, 2004, the Winfield Arts and Humanities Council from April 1-April 30,2004, and the Baker Arts Center in Liberal from May 15-June 27, 2004.
For more information about the show, contact the Sternberg Museum of Natural History at (785) 628-4286 or go online to www.fhsu.edu/sternberg.