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PORTLAND, ORE. (April 4, 2014) – James W. Earl's Window Seat Opens at PDX

Exhibit offers a unique perspective on farmlands shown in 11 large-scale aerial photographic prints and three quilts

Portland International Airport showcases the work of James W. Earl, a Eugene based artist and writer on Concourse A through Oct. 31.

James W. Earl's Window Seat features 11 large-scale photographic prints and three handmade quilts to give passengers an up-close view of the landscapes and farmlands above 30,000 feet, now on display on Concourse A through Oct. 31.

The exhibit, Window Seat, features a series of large-scale aerial photographic prints and handmade quilts that offer passengers a unique perspective on American farmlands from 1785 to present day. Fabric artists included in this exhibit are Elizabeth Bamberger, Gerrie Congdon, and Shirley MacGregor. The quilts on display are representative of the unique patterns Earl writes about in his work.

As a professor of English at the University of Oregon, Earl wrote a companion essay for this exhibit, along with rich photographic images captured on Google Earth. He explains the process in which he sets his computer screen at 30,000 feet above ground and watches the entire flight path from Indianapolis to Portland, Ore., capturing compositions that speak to him aesthetically.

Overall, the exhibit gives passengers an opportunity to learn about the land over which they will be flying. More than just a great view, these farmlands tell a story of history and the human relationship with natural landscape.

PDX's art program has more than 45 temporary and permanent exhibits that illustrate the dynamic culture of the Pacific Northwest. The program showcases a variety of works through ongoing relationships with regional artists and art organizations.   

Learn more about Earl and the Window Seat online. Photos are also available at, or in the PDX art exhibit photo album on the Port of Portland's Facebook page.


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