Clyde Butcher's silver gelatin print, Cayo Costa Island

Butcher’s silver gelatin print, Cayo Costa Island

Discover an undisturbed paradise that is rapidly disappearing. Through the eyes of one of America’s finest landscape photographers, journey into the realm of natural Florida—a world seldom seen by tourists or longtime residents. “Visions of Florida: The Photographic Art of Clyde Butcher” will be exhibited Feb. 10-April 28 at South Florida State College’s Museum of Florida Art and Culture (MOFAC), Avon Park.

Considered Florida’s Ansel Adams, Butcher’s black and white photographs chronicle some of Florida’s most beautiful and compelling ecosystems. This exhibition, on loan from the Museum of Florida History, includes a video on Butcher and his environmental photography.

On Thursday, Feb. 18, at 1 p.m., regional artist Joey Sacco will present an interpretive talk at MOFAC about the exhibition.

The state of Florida has honored Butcher with the highest award that can be given to a private citizen–the Artist Hall of Fame Award. He was also privileged to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from the North American Nature Photography Association and named Humanitarian of the Year for 2005 by the International University. Additionally, he received the 2011 Distinguished Artist Award from the Florida House in Washington, D.C., and the Sierra Club has given him the Ansel Adams Conservation Award, which is given to a photographer who shows excellence in photography and has contributed to the public awareness of the environment.

For more information about this exhibition, visit MOFAC at www.mofac.org or contact Mollie Doctrow, curator, MOFAC, at mollie.doctrow@southflorida.edu or 863-784-7240. MOFAC’s hours are Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, 12:30-4:30 p.m. and one hour before the Artist, Matinee, and Trending Now performances at the Wildstein Center for the Performing Arts on the SFSC Highlands Campus, Avon Park.