Special Exhibit

“Homage to the Tallgrass Prairie” by George Olson

Thursday, March 19 – Sunday, May 31

Exhibit Opening, Thursday, March 19, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Start with Art, Friday, April 10, 9 a.m. – noon
Family Night, Friday, April 24, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Exhibit Closing, Sunday, May 31, 4 p.m.

George Olson’s work features the native grasses and wildflowers of the North American Prairie. The artist has been involved with prairie restorations in Illinois for over 25 years and his watercolors capture his deep interest in our state’s natural heritage. His creations have been shown widely throughout the United States and abroad, including Great Britain, Japan, Australia, South Africa and Brazil. Previously, Olson taught at the College of Wooster in Ohio. During his time at Wooster, he was granted six research leaves, which included time at the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis as the artist-in-residence and a sabbatical studying and drawing prairie plants in the Chicago area. Olson is a graduate of Augustana College and received his MFA from the University of Iowa.


Coming up next:

“Chicago Families”

Sunday, June 7 – Monday, Sept. 13

Chicago Families will be a multi-sited, collaborative exhibition created by members of the Chicago Cultural Alliance that explores what it means to be family in Chicago. With six anchor site exhibitions exploring different themes, it will also feature cross-cultural educational programming and events, and an online exhibition through the CCA Shared Digital Archive. Download the brochure for more information.

The Swedish American Museum will host one of the anchor exhibition sites, which it will co-curate with the Japanese American Service Committee, Hull House Museum, the National Public Housing Museum, the University of Illinois Center for Gender and Sexuality and the University of Illinois Women’s Leadership and Resource Center. This exhibition will explore the concepts of home and belonging through historical and contemporary voices of Chicagoans. This exhibit–the process and product–is an experiment in bringing diverse Chicago communities together to share and discuss ideas of what it means to be family.



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