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Artist Craig Blacklock at the Forest History Center

Come along on Craig Blacklock’s visual exploration of Lake Superior at the Forest History Center.

For 47 years, Blacklock’s artistic practice has been intrinsically linked to the interface of land and water in wilderness areas—most often Lake Superior. Over that time his artwork has evolved from color landscapes depicting what these places looked like to increasingly non-representational imagery untethered from context.

His most recent body of work, Light Waves, is a series of images isolating the complex mirror of Lake Superior’s surface, producing a purely abstract representation of the palette and textures lying outside of the frame.

Craig will show his traditional landscapes from Lake Superior providing both historic and artistic context for his Light Waves images, present the Light Waves images within the context of other abstract artists, including Grand Portage’s George Morrison, and show segments of his otherworldly, and mesmerizing, Light Waves video. Craig will have several of his books available for purchase and signing after the event.

Craig Blacklock is a fiscal year 2023 recipient of a Creative Support for Individuals grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature; and by a grant form the National Endowment for the Arts. To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit

About Craig Blacklock:
Son of pioneering color nature photographer, author, and environmentalist, Les Blacklock, Craig Blacklock grew up with a camera in hand. Craig’s work has been shown in over 35 solo exhibitions, including at the Phipps Center for the Arts, Mill City Museum, Minnesota Marine Art Museum, Minnesota Center for Photography, Palm Beach Photographic Centre, and Tweed Museum of Art. His 19 books have won numerous awards, including three gold awards from Independent Publishers, a worldwide competition. Blacklock was the 2018 recipient of the George Morrison Artist Award.

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Cost is included in regular site admission.


Nov 18 2023


1:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Forest History Center
2609 Co Rd 76, Grand Rapids, MN 55744