Wednesday, January 12, 2011

In the Rotunda

The In a New Light photo exhibition is now comfortably resting in its new home in the Wisconsin Capitol Rotunda until January 22.  Words cannot accurately describe the beauty and power of such a magnificent building, and it is a humbling honor for the boys to display their art and share their stories within its walls.   As I struggle to sufficiently describe the experience of being in such a place, what comes to mind is a feeling similar to that sense of awe, wonder, and reverence experienced in a beautiful natural place such as the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway.  The Rotunda is a work of art itself, and the feeling makes me think of a statement from painter Paul Cezanne:  "Art is a harmony parallel with nature."  I suspect the In a New Light artists have discovered that harmony, and they are sharing it with all of us.  Enjoy the photos below.

I would like to extend a special thanks to the National Park Service, the Wisconsin Arts Board, and the Capitol Police for making the Rotunda exhibition a reality.  I would also like to thank Courtney Georgia,  a UW-Green Bay student visiting the Rotunda who ended up volunteering her time to set up much of the exhibit.  That sense of kindness and giving among the community has been the driving force behind In a New Light since its inception.

-Ben Thwaits, Project Leader


  1. Congratulations on the highest of honors - being displayed in the Capitol! Cannot wait to see it at our very own Cable Natural History Museum next!
    Susan Thurn, Cable, Wi

  2. That's Really impressive Ben, and I'm Excited for you. I can see some of the photo's your new guys are putting out, and i have to say that it's completely insane! i'm So glad to see the photo's in the higheest of places, and proud that a couple of mine are there! keep it up, and be proud of all the awesome work!
    Aarin G. Green Bay, WI