Event Details

"That Tree"
by Mark Hirsch

Friday, September 8, 2017 through Friday, October 27, 2017
Wellington Gallery


In January of 2012 while recovering from a near fatal car accident, Mark Hirsch purchased his first iPhone. He was encouraged by a friend to treat his new iPhone like his professional cameras. The first picture he took with his new iPhone was a photo of That Tree. He was instantly hooked! Mark had driven past and admired That Tree every day for nineteen years without ever taking a picture of it. This experience inspired Mark to embark on a unique adventure of making a photo-a-day of this lone bur oak tree in a Wisconsin cornfield. The year-long project was completed on March 23, 2013. That Tree, the fitting title of a full-color hardcover book, is published by Press Syndication Group (PSG).

Mark regularly exhibits his photos of That Tree in galleries, and his story has been featured by many worldwide media organizations including CBS Sunday Morning, NBC News, The Sierra Club, Huffington Post, The Guardian, Le Monde, Chicago Tribune, Denver Post, San Francisco Chronicle, The Daily Mail (UK), and many more.

Mark Hirsch is an editorial and corporate photographer, artist, and an inspiring public speaker based out of the unlikely place of Dubuque, Iowa. He spent twenty years in the newspaper industry as a photojournalist, photo editor, and visuals editor until ultimately embarking on a freelance career in 2006. His clients include Getty Images, The New York Times, and John Deere Corporation. Mark lives one mile from That Tree with a shaggy but lovable dog, Magnum. When not lying in a sea of cold trying to capture photographs of That Tree, Mark enjoys spending his time mountain biking, and hiking in the hills and valleys near his Platteville, Wisconsin home.

            Day 1, March 24                         Day 200, October 9                       Day 365, March 23
             "Black Lighting"                           "Hollywood Light"                               "Lift Truck"

Click here to watch The Lessons of "That Tree" with Mark Hirsch.

Friday, September 8, 2017
5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Gallery Talk: 5:30 pm

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.