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Philip Juras’s paintings are an expression of his desire to both experience and understand the natural world. His love for nature and art began during his childhood in Augusta, Georgia, eventually leading him to receive a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1990 and a Master of Landscape Architecture in 1997, both from the University of Georgia. His MLA thesis examined pre-settlement grasslands that once flourished in the southeast, a subject that continues to inspire his artwork. Now living in Athens, Georgia, with his wife Beth Gavrilles, Philip’s work explores the rich aesthetics of a wide range of ecologically intact natural environments. His ongoing projects include Georgia’s barrier islands, fire adapted landscapes of the Southeast, tall grass prairie restoration in Illinois, and the páramo and cloud forests of the Colombian Andes. To depict these subjects Philip combines direct observation with study of the natural science and history of the place. The sensory impressions conveyed by his paintings invite the viewer to step through the picture plane and experience the natural phenomena in the landscape beyond.

In 2011 Philip’s exhibition, The Southern Frontier, Landscapes Inspired by Bartram’s Travels, opened at the Telfair Academy in Savannah, Georgia. With is its corresponding award-winning exhibition book, it explored the southern wilderness as William Bartram documented it in the 1770s. His most recent exhibition, The Wild Treasury of Nature, A Portrait of Little St. Simons Island, opened in 2016 at the Morris Museum of Art in Augusta, Georgia. The exhibition and accompanying book examined the natural environments of one of the most ecologically intact barrier islands on the East Coast.


Philip on a prescribed burn, 2010.


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Solo Exhibits
  2016 The Wild Treasury of Nature, A Portrait of Little St. Simons Island, Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art, Marietta, GA
    The Wild Treasury of Nature, A Portrait of Little St. Simons Island, Morris Museum of Art, Augusta, GA
  2015 Little St. Simons Island II, Little St. Simons Island, GA
  2013 Bartram in Cherokee Country, University of Georgia Press Offices, Athens, GA.
  2012 Little St. Simons Island, Little St. Simons Island, GA
  2011 Philip Juras: The Southern Frontier, Landscapes Inspired by Bartram's Travels, The Telfair Museum, Savannah, GA
    Philip Juras: The Southern Frontier, Landscapes Inspired by Bartram's Travels, The Morris Museum, Augusta, GA
    Scenes from the Southern Frontier, Macon Musuem of Art and Science, Macon, Georgia
    Lost Species, Visions of Landscapes Past , Georgia Museum of Natural History, Athens, Georgia
    Exploring the Upcountry with Bartram, Wofford College, Spartanburg, SC
  2010 Searching for Bartram's Wilderness: Studies from the Field, Oconee Cultural Art Foundation, Watkinsville, GA
    A Vision of Grasslands in the Southeast, North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill, NC
 

2009

A Pleasant Territory: Grasslands in the Southeast, Circle Gallery, The University of Georgia, Athens, GA.

 

2008

Italian Evening, Lake Club, Reynolds Plantation, GA.

 

2007

New Landscapes, Aurum Studios, Athens, GA.

 

2005

Southern Landscapes, Carolina Galleries, Charleston, SC.

 

2004

Forged by Drought, Flood, and Fire: Scenes of Remnant Landscapes, Circle Gallery, The University of Georgia, Athens, GA.

 

1993

Bean Soup, Pomodoro, Boston, MA.

Group Exhibits
  2016 Longleaf Regenerated, Savannah Riverfront Marriot, Savannah, GA
  2015 "Set Off For Georgia:" Celebrating the 250th Anniversary of John and William Bartram's Natural History Expedition in Colonial Georgia. Richard B. Russell Building (Special Collections Library), University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia.
  2014 Terrain: Painting the South, The Classic Center, Athens, GA
    Out of the Vault, Athens Chamber of Commerce, Athens, GA
  2013 The Contemporary Southern Landscape, Jepson Center, Telfair Museums, Savannah, GA
  2010 Spirit of the Land V, invitational exhibit, State Botanical Garden, Athens, GA.
 

2008

Italia, group exhibit, Carteret Contemporary Art, Morehead City, NC.

 

 

Spirit of the Land III, invitational exhibit, State Botanical Garden, Athens, GA.

 

2007

Two Person Exhibit, Carolina Galleries, Charleston, SC.

 

 

Spirit of the Land II, invitational exhibit, State Botanical Garden, Athens, GA.

 

2006

At the Water's Edge, group exhibit, Carolina Galleries, Charleston, SC.

 

 

Spirit of the Land, invitational exhibit, State Botanical Garden, Athens, GA.

 

 

Group exhibit, Aurum Studios, Athens, GA.

 

 

Perspectives of Travel, two-person exhibit, UGA Alumni Center, Atlanta, GA.

 

2005

Matters of Perspective, two-person exhibit, Aurum Studios, Athens, GA.

 

 

Places-Nonplaces, two-person exhibit, Circle Gallery, The University of Georgia, Athens, GA.

 

 

Skinnydipping, group exhibit, Mercury Gallery, Athens, GA.

 

 

Lyndon House Arts Center 30th Juried Exhibition, Athens, GA.

 

2002

Exploration and Discovery: Field Studies, group exhibit, Circle Gallery, The University of Georgia, Athens, GA.

 

 

Topophilia II, invitational exhibit, Clayton Street Gallery, Athens, GA.

 

2000

Isolalunga to Holzhausen, two-person exhibit, Joanna Angell Gallery, Walterboro, SC.

 

1997

Twenty-second Annual Juried Exhibition, Lyndon House Arts Center, Athens, GA.

 

1995

SED First Annual Juried Student Exhibition, Circle Gallery, The University of Georgia, Athens, GA.

 

1994

Travelers' Landscapes, two-person exhibit, Dover Public Library, Dover, MA.

 

1990

Honors Thesis Exhibition, group exhibit, Visual Arts Gallery, The University of Georgia, Athens, GA.

 

1988

Mostra, juried exhibit of work by participants in the University of Georgia Studies Abroad program, Cortona, Italy.

Selected Invited Talks
  2016 "Framed by Longleaf: An Artist's Perspective," plenary speaker, 11th biennial Longleaf Alliance Conference, Savannah, Georgia
  2015 "Painting Fire Into the Landscape" Georgia Prescribed Fire Council annual meeting, Tifton, Georgia
    "Rediscovering the Southern Landscape of the 18th Century" and "The Art of William Bartram" Presentations by Philip Juras and Janice Simon. Special Collections Library, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia
  2014 "Searching for the Southern Frontier: Landscapes Inspired by Bartram’s Travels," Cherokee Garden Library Lecture, Atlanta History Center, Atanta, GA
  2013 "Searching for the Southern Frontier: Landscapes Inspired by Bartram's Travels," keynote speaker, St. George Tucker Society annual meeting, Augusta, GA
    "Searching for the Southern Frontier: Landscapes Inspired by Bartram's Travels," keynote speaker, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Partners for Fish and Wildlife and Coastal Program Training, Lafayette, LA, April 24.
    "Is a Picture Worth a Thousand Fires?", 4th Fire Behavior and Fuels Conference, Raleigh, NC
  2012 "Envisioning Southern Grasslands with William Bartram", keynote speaker, Southeastern Prairie Symposium, Starkville, MS
    "Visions of the Presettlement South", South Carolina Native Plants Symposium, keynote speaker, Clemson, SC
  2011 "Searching for William Bartram's Southern Frontier", Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA
    "The Sublime Nature of a Dynamic Coast", Coastal Wildscapes, Richmond Hill, GA
    "Searching for Bartram's Southern Frontier" Artist lecture, Morris Museum of Art, Augusta, GA
    "Searching for the Southern Frontier" Artist lecture sponsored by the city of Savannah, Telfair Museum, Savannah, GA
    "Finding Bartram’s Landscapes in the Modern-day South" Conference on William Bartram's Georgia, Savannah, GA
  2010 "Forgotten Grasslands: Envisioning the Presettlement Piedmont", The Evelyn McNeill Sims Lecture at the North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill, NC
 

 

"Behind the Scenes: A Landscape Painter Drinks Science Kool-aid," cosponsored by the Environmental Ethics Certificate Program and the Department of Geology at The University of Georgia, Athens, GA.

 

2009

"Portraying the presettlement Southeast through oil paintings of remnant grassland communities," 6th Eastern Native Grass Symposium, Columbia, SC.

Publications
  2016 The Wild Treasury of Nature: A Portrait of Little St. Simons Island. Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press.
  2011 The Southern Frontier, Landscapes Inspired by Bartram's Travels. Savannah, GA: Telfair Books, distributed by the University of Georgia Press. Winner of the Georgia Author of the Year Award, Specialty Book Category, from the Georgia Writers Association, 2012. Second edition paperback, University of Georgia Press, 2015
  2010 "A Glimpse of the Southern Frontier," Bartram's Living Legacy: The Travels and the Nature of the South. Dorinda Dallmeyer, ed. Macon, GA: Mercer University Press.
Education
 

1997

Master of Landscape Architecture, The University of Georgia, Athens, GA.  MLA Thesis: The Presettlement Piedmont Savanna: A Model for Landscape Design and Management

 

1990

Bachelor of Fine Arts, The University of Georgia, Athens, GA. Major: Drawing and Painting.

 

1988

University of Georgia Studies Abroad in Cortona, Italy, Drawing and Painting.

     



Email: Philip@philipjuras.com