January 13 – March 23, 2017
Meet Florida’s stewards: men and women whose careers are shaped by a dedication to understand and preserve the Northern Everglades. Stewardship of our lands, waters, and wildlife is a task shared by us all, the work of every generation, and can take many forms. Though we can all contribute, we also rely on those ready to accept stewardship as vocation. The Stewards: Caretakers of Florida’s Wildlands is presented in the spirit of acknowledgment and appreciation for our conservation professionals. Without them and their continued effort, so much of what makes Florida special will be lost. These portraits, and other photos, are a selection from Dustin Angell’s ongoing photography project Florida Stewards. Starting in the fall of 2014, Dustin began accompanying wildlife biologists from Archbold Biological Station into Florida’s wildlands to photograph them at work and make portraits. The project now includes biologists from other organizations, as well as stewards from other professions, and is planned to include ranchers in 2017. The project is not only intended to highlight current issues and careers; but also to preserve, for future generations, the faces of those who worked so hard, often in Florida’s extreme outdoor conditions, to ensure Florida’s future.
The Photographer: Dustin Angell is a photographer and educator focused on conservation in Florida’s Northern Everglades. Raised in Syracuse, New York, Dustin received a photography degree from Alfred University in 2007, and soon became involved in science education. He moved to Highlands County, FL in 2013 to accept the Education Coordinator position at Archbold Biological Station. Dustin received the 2015 Outstanding Educator Award from the Florida Chapter of the Wildlife Society and is the current President Elect of the League of Environmental Educators of Florida. More of his work can be seen at: www.dustinangellphoto.com.
Archbold Biological Station: Founded in 1941, Archbold Biological Station is a non-profit organization in Venus, FL. The mission of Archbold is to build and share the scientific knowledge needed to protect the life, lands, and waters of the heart of Florida and beyond. Without the support of this organization and many of its researchers, this project would not exist.
The Luminous Endowment: Dustin Angell recognizes the Luminous Endowment for Photographers for making a significant financial contribution to support The Stewards exhibit. Without such support, The Stewards exhibit would not have been possible.
LOWER LOBBY GALLERY – SFSC Wildstein Center for the Performing Arts.
Erasure Poetry by Melanie Hubbard
Land of Promise
“ Every great work of art has two faces, one toward its own time and one toward the future, toward eternity. ”
- Daniel Barenboim