Monday, August 29, 2011

Capturing & Conserving the Illinois River: Photographer Kim Baker

Kim Baker, Meeker
Kim Baker, Illinois River from Goat's Bluff, Photograph
Combining her passion for the conservation of Oklahoma rivers with her vocation of photography, Kim Baker is collaboratively making a book and exhibition focused on the Illinois River. Baker received an OVAC Community Partnership Grant to assist with the project.

Baker’s and 10 other artists' photographs will be the core of the book and exhibition, which also will include essays exploring the history and ecology of the river. The group expects the books release in October 2011 with exhibitions in multiple venues in the spring and summer.
Mike Fuhr, Tributary of the Illinois River, within Cedar 
Hollow on the Nickel Preserve, Photograph
Baker said her photography has changed from serving solely to capture nature into working to conserve natural environments.  She said, “My goal is to encourage conservation and preservation of one of Oklahoma’s most beloved and ecologically rich rivers in order that future generations can enjoy the benefits of the river as well.”

The Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition provides artist project grants for growing artists’ careers, creative projects and exceptional continuing education. The next application deadline is October 15. Find guidelines and application here

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