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  Philip Juras: The Southern Frontier, Landscapes Inspired by Bartram's Travels

Georgia Author of the Year Award, 2012 (website)
Judge of Specialty Books Category, Kevin Cantwell
Award winning poet and professor of English, Macon State College

Judge’s Statement

WINNER

The Southern Frontier: Landscapes Inspired by Bartram’s Travels, 2011,

Philip Juras

Landscapes that inspired Bartram are vanishing, the remaining native pine forests patched across the remnants of an old wilderness, which did not last either. Philip Juras’ elegant record of his own encounters with these places is testimony that landscape painting still brings emotional solitudes that help restore the past but also make us grieve for a natural world. In this book, the qualities of print, reproduction, and design are powerful. Juras and his editors at the Telfair Museum in Savannah have introduced his essay and paintings with significant scholarly practice. The writing provides a history, and his sentences observe the world through a graceful scientific vernacular. A document of culture, natural history, and art, The Southern Frontier is distributed by the University of Georgia Press and supported by the Telfair Museum. With the Morris Museum of Art in Augusta having a hand in this venture too, this publication is also an argument for collaborative effort in the promotion of art, books, and culture in Georgia.

 

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