Beauty and Fragility in Lake Michigan

For Immediate Release 

New Photography Exhibit Explores Health of Lake Michigan
June 12–August 12 at UIC’s Health and the Arts Clinic Gallery

Chicago (June 9, 2015) — A new photography exhibit at UIC challenges viewers to confront the health of one of Chicago’s greatest natural gems: Lake Michigan.

“Beauty and Fragility in Lake Michigan,” by photographers Nelson W. Armour and Ted Glasoe, examines the opposing realities of Lake Michigan: a beautiful, vast, life-sustaining natural wonder on one hand, and a body of water under silent siege by pollution and other perils on the other. Invisible to the eye, these threats to the lake — the fifth largest in the world — impact the environment and water supply of millions of people.

The exhibit pairs the artists’ images, juxtaposing the seen with the unseen. Ranging from serene to dramatic, Ted Glasoe’s photographs of Lake Michigan evoke an appreciation for the lake’s beauty and ever-changing moods, textures and colors. In contrast with each is a Nelson W. Armour photograph, which has been altered to unsettle the viewer. Armour’s multilayered images reveal the less apparent forces and traumas that threaten this magnificent natural resource.

“This exhibition combines hauntingly beautiful images of the many moods of Lake Michigan with subtle ecological reminders of its vulnerability in the face of the effects of pollution,” said Robert Kameczura, curator of Health in the Arts Gallery. “The photographs linger in the mind like beautiful dreams that have disturbing dark elements, but the images are all the more powerful for that.”

Armour added, “We thought our art was a great way to invite viewers to consider this fundamental disconnect in our lake — and how they might play a role in preserving this precious resource for the future.”

The public is invited to a reception for “Beauty and Fragility in Lake Michigan” on Thursday, July 16, 6–8 pm, at the Health in the Arts Clinic Gallery, located on the UIC campus at 835 S. Wolcott Street, #E144, Chicago. The exhibit runs June 12 to August 12, 2015. The gallery is open Monday–Friday, 9 am–5 pm. Parking is available at the pay lot across the street. 

Nelson W. Armour, Artist,, 847.372.0734
Robert Kameczura, Curator, 773.205.1128