Event Details

by Jill Metcoff

Friday, September 8, 2017 through Friday, October 27, 2017
Muranyi Gallery
1315 11th Street, Monroe
This event is part of the Wisconsin Music Arts Festival

Wednesday, October 4 from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Gallery Talk: 5:30 pm


Photographer Jill Metcoff has been captivated by fire—in the form of controlled burning—since 1998. She is passionate about our environment, a concern which led her to this photographic project.  Firelines has as its theme the transformation of the American landscape by fire. "Controlled burns" of forest, savanna, wetland, and prairie lead to regeneration, a practice going back millennia. Her photographs freeze-frame this process, catching in a split second the moment when fire is actor and conductor of change.

The ephemeral forms that fire takes as it sweeps through the landscape of southwest Wisconsin, renewing patchworks of prairie, forest, and savanna, are the subject of her book, Firelines. She pairs her photographs from controlled burns with historical commentary, poetic reflections, and her own observations to construct a vibrant narrative of prose and imagery.  Firelines brings us intimately close to the power, swiftness, and mystery of the purposeful use of fire as practiced over millennia.

This fine art book contains 85 black-and-white duotone photographs and two illustrated essays explaining the “why, when, and how” of controlled burning. Firelines is published by the University of New Mexico Press, 2017.

For information about Jill Metcoff click here. Watch Firelines video here.

Wednesday, October 4 from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Gallery Talk: 5:30 pm

Friday, September 8 through Friday, October 27, 2017

Monroe Arts Center gallery exhibitions and opening receptions are free and open to the public.

This exhibit has been made possible by MAC Corporate Underwriter Colony Brands, Inc. and Season Media Underwriter Big Radio, and with additional support provided by Michael and Shelley, Muranyi, Anonymous, Paul & Sue Barrett, Kevin & Chris Callahan, Pete Guenther & Barb Woodriff, Lee & Chris Knuteson, Don Amphlett & Jan Johnson, Kevin Indergand & Christine Pieper, and Chuck & Chris Wellington.