Image by Mike Liedtke

The exhibition entitled Ansel Adams: Masterworks will be presented at the Visual Arts Center at the Washington Pavilion  March 3 through June 3 and 605 got to go behind the scenes. The exhibition features a collection of 48 works by Ansel Adams (1902 -1984), about two-thirds of a selection Adams made late in his life to serve as a succinct representation of his life’s work.

Adults – $10 +tax

Pavilion-Members/Seniors (62+)/Military/Veterans/College Students w/ ID – $9 +tax

Children (3-12) – $4.00 +tax

Special Combo-Ticket Promotion  (Admission to Ansel Adams: Masterworks exhibition in the Visual Arts Center AND Nature Unleashed: Inside Natural Disasters exhibition inside the Kirby Science Discovery Center)

Includes admission to the  Kirby Science Discovery Center , including  Nature Unleashed: Inside Natural Disasters Exhibition; Wells Fargo  CineDome; and Visual Arts Center's Ansel Adams: Masterworks exhibition (Pavilion Members do not apply to this pricing structure).

$15.00 adult combo ticket plus tax (ages 13+)

$7.50 child combo ticket plus tax (child, student, & Senior 62+)

He himself felt these photographs were his best.  Called “The Museum Set,” these works reveal the importance Adams placed on the drama and splendor of natural environments that might not, to the ordinary passing hiker, have revealed their secrets. Included are many of Adams' most famous and best-loved photographs which encompass the full scope of his work: elegant details of nature, architectural studies, portraits, and the breathtaking landscapes for which he is revered. The exhibition also includes a photo portrait of Ansel Adams by James Alinder.

In a career that spanned more than five decades Ansel Adams became one of America’s most beloved landscape photographers and one of its more respected environmentalists. There are few artists whose name and works represent the extraordinary level of popular recognition and artistic achievement as that of Ansel Adams.

Adams profoundly influenced the course of 20th century photography not only through the example of his sumptuous and technically precise images, but also by means of his personal energy and devotion to advancing the cause of photography as an art form. As an artist, educator, innovator, and writer, he helped establish many of the institutions that have come to represent the highest aspirations of the medium of photography.

This exhibition follows the Visual Arts Center’s major international traveling exhibitions of Rodin(Spring/Summer 2009), Norman Rockwell(Fall/Winter 2010-11), and Andy Warhol(Summer 2011). The Ansel Adams: Masterworks Exhibition will be on display in the Washington Pavilion’s Visual Arts Center’s Everist Gallery.

The collection was donated to Turtle Bay Exploration Park, Redding, CA, by Dr. Fidel Realyvasquez in 2002. Turtle Bay Exploration Park is a 300-acre cultural complex located in Northern California on the Sacramento River. Its facilities include a museum with permanent, interactive exhibits and two large special exhibition galleries, the McConnell Arboretum & Botanical Gardens, and the world famous Sundial Bridge by world renowned Spanish architect and engineer Santiago Calatrava. Turtle Bay Exploration Park educates visitors of all ages with entertaining and stimulating exhibitions and programs that interpret the complex relationships between people and their environments.

The traveling exhibition is organized by Turtle Bay Exploration Park, Redding, CA, in association with Landau Traveling Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CA. Since 1967, Landau Traveling Exhibitions has presented more than 700 fine art and architecture exhibitions at museums and university galleries throughout the United States and the world.

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