Great Plains - America's Lingering Wild presents 60 giclee canvas gallery wrapped color photographs from the award-winning book by internationally known conservation photographer Michael Forsberg. His spectacular images provide unparalleled encounters with the wild creatures and the breathtaking landscapes of one of the world's greatest natural grasslands, a 1-million-square-mile network of ecosystems stretching from Canada to Mexico. The exhibition offers more than a collection of beautiful pictures... It grapples with essential questions of how we will preserve what remains of our Great Plains natural heritage.
The Great Plains - America's Lingering Wild exhibition opened at Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha, Nebraska in February 2010. It has since traveled to The G2 Gallery, Venice, California; The National Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson Hole, Wyoming; The CM Russell Museum, Great Falls, Montana; the Ucross Foundation Ranch in Wyoming; and most recently, the Great Plains Art Museum at the Center for Great Plains Studies, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
"People respond to Mike's remarkable photographs and are compelled to find out more about the images.... Mike's work touches a universal chord. It is accessible and understandable to people not typically drawn to art museums, ... Many are first time visitors to the museum. ... The Great Plains becomes 'real' and viable to them - not just as a big open space to drive through, but a place of startling diversity and beauty, as amazing as any landscape whose virtues are not more readily apparent. Many people comment that the grandeur of the Great Plains is all the more special to them now because, until MIke's photographs, it had been hidden away, just under their noses." - Sarah Burt, Chan and Clara Ferguson Chief Curator, CM Russell Museum, Great Falls, Montana