NMSU Sculpture Professor Rachel Stevens’ current solo ’ Exhibition, “Whether,” is on Display at the Nicolaysen Art Museum and Discovery Center through September 21, 2014
400 East Collins Drive
Casper, WY 82601
June 6, 2014 – September 21, 2014
“WHETHER is influenced by the my hikes through the Chihuahuan Desert in Southern New Mexico. I have an affinity for open landscapes but it took years for me to feel fond of this scrappy expanse of scrub and brush. One hundred and fifty years ago this desert was a rolling grassy plain that sustained pronghorn antelope, deer, and mountain lions. During the late 1800s imported herds of cattle grazed off the grass, topsoil blew away, and the impoverished terrain could only sustain the most tenacious plants and animals. This landscape cannot be restored and what I walk through today is a faint pleading echo of a lost sea of grass. To love the Chihuahuan Desert is to love a prickly curmudgeon. It reveals its beauty slyly as I slip down a scree slope or when my dog hops on three legs, her paw a pincushion of cholla spines. Despite all the losses, it is my personal Promised Land.”
Tuesday – Saturday
10 a.m.-5 p.m.
The museum is CLOSED on Monday