Trespassers: James Prosek and the Texas Prairie

September 16, 2023–May 12, 2024

Less than 1 percent of native prairies exist across the state of Texas. This conservation concern is the catalyst for more than 20 new works created by artist and naturalist James Prosek. Over the past two years, Prosek has traveled to grassland habitats across the state, ranging from urban restoration projects to unplowed remnant prairies, documenting the rich plant and wildlife diversity of these spaces. Trespassers: James Prosek and the Texas Prairie features a new large-scale silhouette painting, one of Prosek’s signature working styles; watercolor portraits of plants collected during his travels; and trompe l’oeil clay and bronze sculptures of wildflowers. Through these works, Prosek investigates the allure of Texas’s grasslands, while raising broader questions about the boundaries that shape, limit, and define prairie spaces in the present day.

Installation Photos

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Header Image Credit

James Prosek (b. 1975), detail of Butterfly Milkweed, Big Bluestem, Common Milkweed leaf, Easton, Connecticut, July and October, 2022, watercolor, gouache, powdered mica, graphite, and colored pencil on paper, Courtesy of the artist, © James Prosek

Trespassers: James Prosek and the Texas Prairie is organized by the Amon Carter Museum of American Art. The exhibition is supported in part by Kim and Glenn Darden, the Richard P. Garmany Fund at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, Jones Wajahat Family, and Fernando Yarrito.