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Join us for an illustrated talk by award-winning artist, writer and naturalist James Prosek, who returns to the Museum to discuss his current project documenting Texas prairies.

James Prosek has gained a worldwide following for his deep connection with the natural world, which serves as the basis for his art and numerous popular books. He continues his inquiries about boundaries that humans impose on the landscape in his upcoming exhibition Trespassers: James Prosek and the Texas Prairie at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Fort Worth, TX which opens in mid-September. Prosek has spent the last two years visiting remnant prairies across Texas learning about the complexity of grassland ecosystems and working to show the beauty of these places through visual art. Those who love the grasslands at the Parade Ground and Middle Farms Flats will be on familiar territory with James’s words and images in this illustrated talk.

Time: Sunday, August 20, 2023 @ 4:00 – 5:00 P.M.
Place: In-person at the Museum, 2nd Floor and virtual via Zoom

Because some in-person talks end up being oversubscribed, signing up in advance is recommended. Please call 631-788-7239 or email fimuseum@fishersisland.net to reserve a seat. Registration not required for virtual attendance.

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About James Prosek

Artist, writer, naturalist, and Yale University graduate James Prosek published his first book at age 19, Trout: An Illustrated History (Alfred A. Knopf, 1996), which featured 70 of his watercolor paintings of the trout of North America. More than a dozen other books have followed, all centered on various aspects of the natural world.

Prosek’s artwork has been shown at The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA, The Yale Center for British Art, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum, with solo exhibitions at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, CT, The Addison Gallery of American Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, The New Britain Museum of American Art, The Buffalo Bill Center of the West, The North Carolina Museum of Art and the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, DC, among others.

Prosek has written for The New York Times and National Geographic Magazine and won a Peabody Award in 2003 for his documentary about traveling through England in the footsteps of Izaak Walton, the 17-century author of “The Compleat Angler.” He first came to the H.L. Ferguson Museum in August 2011 to speak about his book, “Eels: An Exploration, from New Zealand to the Sargasso, of the World’s Most Amazing and Mysterious Fish.”

Fire and fences: The stories of the Texas prairie
Essay written by James Prosek for the Amon Carter Museum of American Art
August 08, 2023

“I can’t say I had ever looked at grass closely before—or at all. Where I grew up in Connecticut and still live, grass to me was just stuff that grew on highway medians or in hay meadows. . . After my first trip to Texas, my perspective shifted completely.”


Invisible Boundaries No. 2 (Texas) 2023
Silkscreen on panel


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