FLOR 75,Tall Ironweed (Vernonia angustifolia), FLOR500, Florida, Wildflower, Art, Nature, History, Eco-art, FIU, VIVA Florida, Garden, Artists, Engaged Creativity, Environment, participatory art, Katrina Vitkus 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 75
Tall Ironweed (Vernonia angustifolia)

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FLOR 75 Katrina Vitkus 

Katrina Vitkus, "FLOR 75: Tall Ironweed (Vernonia angustifolia)", pastels, 6” x 9”, 2012.(CC) 

 


About the Artist

Katrina Vitkus is currently an elementary school art teacher. She is a graduate of the University of Florida’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, specializing in Biological Illustration. Previous work experience includes illustration, design, and technology. As a naturalist, she enjoys living in Florida and observing our diverse habitats. 

Artist's Statement

Line, shape, color, value, texture, space, and form are the elements of art which I try to pass on to my students. Within my own work, natural subjects inspire me to capture what I see. Working with children reminds me to keep things simple. In this piece, I studied ironweed from the horse pasture, and then created several pastel sketches, before deciding on this composition.


 

FLOR 75 Tall Ironweed
Photo credit: Anne Barkdoll



Tall Ironweed
(Vernonia angustifolia)

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.

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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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