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'Black, Brown and Green': Dudley Edmondson's portraits of African Americans in natural places featured in U of M UROC gallery

September 20, 2012

African American cowboys, rock climbers and mountaineers are among the people celebrated in “Black, Brown and Green: Abstracts and Environmental Portraits by Photography Dudley Edmondson” opening Thursday, Sept. 20 at the University of Minnesota Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center, 2001 Plymouth Ave. N., Minneapolis.

The 24-work exhibit features portraits from Edmondson’s 2009 book, “Black and Brown Faces in America’s Wild Places: African Americans Making Nature and the Environment a Part of Their Everyday Lives,” as well as additional photographic abstracts and landscapes.

A Duluth-based author, filmmaker and educator, Edmondson is a passionate advocate for connecting youth and people of color to the natural world. His photographic work has appeared in national and international field guides and nature magazines and has been shown by the Conservation Fund, Sierra Club and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. He is a 2010 recipient of the Wilderness Society’s National Faces of Conservation Award and was the inspiration for the University of Washington’s Dudley Edmondson Fellowship in Youth Development and Education.

“Dudley Edmondson is not only an accomplished artist, he’s a committed environmentalist who believes that a connection with nature is vital to the health of the individual and the community,” says Heidi Barajas, UROC executive director. “We are delighted to be able to showcase Dudley’s beautiful work and his empowering perspective.”

A public reception with Edmondson is set for 5 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 20.

UROC is an initiative of the Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Administration, University of Minnesota System. The center links the university in vital public partnership with urban communities to advance learning, improve quality of life and discover breakthrough solutions to critical urban challenges. More information is available at www.uroc.umn.edu.

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