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Icons of the Plains

2nd Floor Foyer | January 26 - May 19

According to Arts Center Photographer-In-Residence Christopher J. May, "’Icons of the Plains’ is the result of more than a decade of photographing the grain elevators that are ubiquitous to the communities of America’s heartland. I have been fascinated with grain elevators as long as I can remember. Aesthetically, I find a beauty in their utilitarian design. But they also represent something more to me. When I see a grain elevator, I think of the generations of farm families that have toiled to feed a hungry, growing nation. Sadly, the classic wooden elevator that was a core part of Smalltown, USA is starting to disappear. Fires and demolition are reducing the numbers of these classic buildings every year. Because of that, I wanted to start documenting as many of these buildings as I could. Along the way, I have also found a beauty in the concrete and steel elevators that have replaced the classic wood elevators and have incorporated them into my project as well. Beyond simple documentation, I have endeavored to portray these buildings in a new way that showcases my affinity for them. To me, they truly are icons of the plains.”

Christopher May grew up in a photographic family with a father and several uncles that were stock photographers. However, he is largely self-taught and learned the art of photography by doing. May serves as Co-Chairperson of Publicity for the Pueblo Art Guild, and received an award for Media Excellence in Photo/Video from the Southern Colorado Press Club in 2018.


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February 1 - May 26