Walk in the Woods: The Poetry of Landscape

  • 429 South Main St, Elkhart, IN 46516
  • Tel: (574) 293-6660
  • Presented By: Midwest Museum of American Art
  • Dates: May 4, 2021 - June 6, 2021
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Location: Midwest Museum of American Art
  • Price: $10 Adult; $8 College; $8 Student (ages 13-18); $6 Student (ages 8-12)



I think that I shall never see, a poem lovely as a tree...”

The Midwest Museum of American Art presents a celebration of poetry through paintings by artists represented in the permanent collection. A Walk in the Woods: The Poetry of Landscape continues through the museum’s 42nd Anniversary and will conclude on Sunday, June 6, 2021.

This exhibit represents nature at its most poetic, offering several examples of woodland scenes stretching over 100 years along with a dozen selected poems about trees. Together each will reinforce the artistic and interpretive impulse by artists to commune with nature. This approach invites the viewer to reflect. It also stresses the importance of nature in our lives as "we have all yearned for a walk in the woods especially since the pandemic” relates Brian Byrn, Director, and Curator for Midwest Museum of American Art. Further, the exhibit illustrates how modern life has altered our perception of the landscape as a vanishing ideal in our shrinking global society.

The exhibit presents 38 works featuring the subject of landscape as witnessed, described, or idealized by 20 artists of regional or national renown both living and from the past. Some artists present the landscape from a specific place that recalls an experience expressed as a beautiful or transcendent moment in time, as described by Dorothy Morlan (1882-1967) in her ca. 1930s painting Sentinels, a view from the Ohio River area. Still, others look at the land up close, as seen in the untitled landscape study of Cumberland Falls by Frederick Weygold (1870-1941). And others describe it by traveling no further than their backyard to portray a wooded scene, river view, or pastoral field like artist Tim Grieb (b. 1954). The viewer thus becomes a tourist in the activity of looking at this artwork.


Midwest Museum of American Art

  • 429 South Main St, Elkhart, IN 46516