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Published on : Thursday, November 26, 2015
The Miami-Dade Aviation Department, in partnership with the National Park Service, hosted a celebration for the National Park Service’s Centennial Year at Miami International Airport that featured the unveiling of award-winning photographic artist Clyde Butcher’s Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Our National Parks photography exhibition at MIA. Miami-Dade County, City of Homestead and National Park Service leaders gathered to celebrate the federal agency’s 100th birthday at MIA – the gateway to South Florida’s national parks: Everglades National Park, Big Cypress National Preserve, Biscayne National Park and Dry Tortugas National Park.
From left to right: City of Homestead Vice-Mayor Stephen R. Shelley; Miami-Dade Aviation Department Director Emilio T. González; Photographer Clyde Butcher; Village of Palmetto Bay Mayor Eugene Flinn; Miami-Dade County Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava; Everglades and Dry Tortugas National Parks Superintendent Pedro Ramos; and Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau Vice President of Marketing and Tourism Rolando Aedo. Hi-res images available upon request.
“South Florida has one of the most unique ecosystems in the nation. That’s why so many of our visitors make their way to one of the national parks, and our ecotourism sector continues to grow each year,” said Miami-Dade Aviation Director Emilio T. González. “MIA is proud to partner with the National Park Service, since we are committed to sustainable practices and promoting our local, regional and national parks.”
Butcher’s Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Our National Parks is a black-and-white photography exhibition on view in MIA’s South Terminal J Greeter’s Lobby, Level Three. It explores his personal bond with the environment. The beauty and depth of his work draws the viewer into a relationship with nature. His images are captured with an 8 x 10-inch, 11 x 14-inch and 12 x 20-inch view camera. The images range in sizes from 8 x 10 inches to 5 x 8 feet.
“Clyde Butcher’s photographs capture the beauty of Florida’s wilderness and landscapes,” added González. “MIA is thrilled to showcase these exquisite works to our customers during the Park Service’s centennial celebration.”
The splendor and importance of Butcher’s photography has generated widespread recognition, resulting in many museum exhibitions. He has received numerous honors, among them the Artist Hall of Fame Award – the highest award that can be given to a private citizen by the state of Florida – the Ansel Adams Conservation Award and Distinguished Artist Award from the Florida House in Washington DC. Butcher has also completed six public broadcasting programs on the environment of Florida, with three of them being award-winning documentaries. Much of his work can be seen in his numerous books.