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This groundbreaking symposium, organized by the National Park Service and the Appalachian Trail Conservancy will offer a cross-cutting look at the historic and contemporary role of the artist in the American land conservation movement. The two-day symposium will explore the critical role that 19th and 20th century visual artists played in the American conservation movement, and consider how their work can inform land conservationists, outdoor enthusiasts, art lovers, and policymakers in addressing contemporary pressures on the American landscape. Presentations on contemporary artists in Maine and national parks with a thematic focus on the arts will also be included.
The symposium will be followed by optional field trips to three iconic Maine regions where some of America’s most influential artists worked—Katahdin, Acadia, and Monhegan.