FLOR 383, Bartram’s Rosegentian (Sabatia decandra, FLOR500, Florida, Wildflower, Art, Nature, History, Eco-art, FIU, VIVA Florida, Garden, Artists, Engaged Creativity, Environment, participatory art, Megan Kissinger FLOR500 is a participatory art, nature, and history project that marks the importance of the moment when the history of Florida changed forever and gives a glimpse of what its landscape was like 500 years ago. Developed by Xavier Cortada, director and artist-in-residence of FIU’s College of Architecture + The Arts’ Office of Engaged Creativity, the project commemorates Florida’s quincentenary in 2013.
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 FLOR 383
Bartram’s Rosegentian (Sabatia decandra)

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 FLOR 383 by Megan Kissinger

Megan Kissinger"FLOR 383: Bartram’s Rosegentian (Sabatia decandra)", acrylic,11" x 14", 2012 (CC)  


About the Artist

Megan Kissinger is an artist who paints and teaches in Southwest Florida. Her main interest lies in the forms, textures and rhythms of living things. Native plants and animals are constant themes running throughout most of her creative efforts. How these living things interact, survive and thrive in their environment are of great interest to her and she visits them often in her art work. 


Artist's Statement

For my FLOR500 selection, I chose Bartram's Rose Gentian because I grew up in a house situated on the William Bartram Trail in the Florida Panhandle. I have always admired the art of Wm. Bartram who was one the first Europeans to discover many North American wildflowers. Extremely delicate, this graceful species is a flower that I knew from childhood walks in the marsh and is one of my favorites.

 


FLOR 383 Bartram’s Rosegentian
Photo credit:  Josh O'Connor

Bartram’s Rosegentian
(Sabatia decandra)

For more information about this flower please visit
Atlas of Florida Vascular Plants Institute for Systematic Botany


Five hundred Florida artists are sought to create art for FLOR500, a participatory art, nature, and history project that marks the importance of the moment when the history of Florida changed forever and gives a glimpse of what its landscape was like 500 years ago. Developed by Xavier Cortada, director and artist-in-residence of FIU’s College of Architecture + The Arts’ Office of Engaged Creativity, the project commemorates Florida’s quincentenary in 2013. For more information click here.


 

 

FIU College of Architecture + The Arts


Xavier Cortada
Artist-in-Residence
Florida International University
College of Architecture + The Arts
420 Lincoln Road, Suite 430
Miami Beach, FL 33139

Xavier Cortada's participatory art practice is based at Florida International University.






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