Co-Chairs of the Openlands 2014 Annual Luncheon:
Louis L. Schorsch, ArcelorMittal
Openlands appreciates the power of art to give voice to landscapes, to help people engage with the natural world, and to allow a community to express its beliefs. The Openlands 2014 Annual Luncheon focused on the capacity of public art to invite its audience into the natural landscape, inspiring and educating along the way.
Wild flowers and tall trees, breezy lakeshores and wide prairies, serene wetlands and urban gardens all provide the focus of conservation work. But they also provide us daily artistic inspiration. As part of our mission to connect people to nature, Openlands has integrated a multitude of art forms into open spaces. Our partnership with Marwen and our Building School Gardens Program allow students to explore the relationship between community, nature and art. The art installations featured at the Openlands Lakeshore Preserve invite visitors to consider the role of art in our open spaces. Please join us at this year’s luncheon as we celebrate the enriching connection between nature and art.
2014 Conservation Leadership Award Recipient
Openlands will honor Terry Evans with its 2014 Conservation Leadership Award. Terry Evans has photographed the prairies and plains of North America and the urban prairie of Chicago. Combining both aerial and ground photography, she delves into the intricate and complex relationships between land and people. Her work explores the virgin prairie, working steel mills, Greenland ice sheets, a small town in the Kansas Flint Hills and the oil boom in North Dakota. Recent exhibitions include a retrospective exhibition at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Missouri. Evans collaborated with Openlands on two major projects, Disarming the Prairie about the former Joliet Arsenal, now Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie, and Revealing Chicago: An Aerial Portrait, about the Chicago eco-region, which became both a book and an exhibition at Millennium Park. She has exhibited widely including one-person shows at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History and the Field Museum of Natural History. Evans is a Guggenheim Fellow and a recipient of an Anonymous Was a Woman award.
Image: Sam Evans
To celebrate art in all its forms, Openlands looks forward to having the Spectral Quartet perform at this year’s Luncheon. With equal footing in the worlds of traditional repertoire and fresh new work, the Spektral Quartet is distinguished for it’s charismatic presentation, ambitious programming, and innovative concert formats. Noted by the Chicago Tribune for “…vitalizing [the Chicago] scene in a big way,” the ensemble seeks to expand the audience for classical music through an inclusive, interactive concertgoing experience.
Openlands 2014 Annual Luncheon Corporate Sponsors
As of October 28, 2014
Bartlett Tree Experts
BMO Harris Bank
The Boeing Company
Christy Webber Landscapes
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
The University of Chicago
West Monroe Partners
Liberty Prairie Foundation