Monday, June 15, 2009

Photography Exhibition: The Department of Interior Museum - A Sea of Tallgrass: The Konza Prairie

The Department of Interior Museum in Washington, DC, periodically has compelling photographic exhibitions. "A Sea of Tallgrass: The Konza Prairie," photography by Judd Patterson, should be extremely interesting.

This exhibition will run from July 18th, through September 12, 2009
The exhibition explores the Konza through 28 photographs taken by Judd Patterson, who earned a master's in geography from K-State in May. Patterson, a 2001 graduate of Salina Central High School, also earned a bachelor's in natural resources and environmental sciences from K-State in 2005.

The exhibition's curator is Deborah Wallis Wurdinger, who earned a bachelor's in anthropology from K-State in 1993. Wurdinger is a museum technician at the Interior Museum.

K-State's Konza Prairie Biological Station is a native tallgrass prairie preserve that spans about 8,600 acres. It is owned by The Nature Conservancy and K-State, and is operated as a field research station by the K-State Division of Biology. The station is dedicated to a three-fold mission of long-term ecological research, education and prairie conservation. The Konza's virgin ecosystem provides K-State and Department of Interior scientists, as well as other scientists and students from around the world, with opportunities to study how plants, animals, soil, water and climate interact.
If you’re in the Washington DC area during this exhibit, I suggest you take it in.

The museum is on the first floor of the department's main building at 1849 C Street NW between 18th and 19th streets. The museum is open to the public weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and from 1-4 p.m. on the third Saturday of each month -- except on federal holidays. Admission is free but all adults must have photo I.D. to enter the building. More information is available by calling 202-208-4743 or on the Web at:

As I travel, I love seeing the work of other photographers as I hope you do. If you know of a new photographic exhibition which you think the Blog should publicize, please contact me.

1 comment:

Tom said...

I had no idea that the Department of Interior had a museum, and I've lived in Washington for 27 years. Thanks for the heads up.


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