Mark Royal Schroll and Michael Nagara - Summer Silence
Mark Royal Schroll, American, b.1955
Michael Nagara, American, b.1971
Summer Silence, 2007
Watercolor and acrylic on hollow-core doors, 162 x 25.5 inches

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Michael Nagara received his Master of Fine Arts from the University of Michigan School of Art and Design, in 2003. His bodies of work in painting, calligraphic design, and 3D-generated digital landscape imagery explore traditional nature-oriented East Asian aesthetics and contemporary observations on the environment. After an environmental quiet period from 2000 to 2007, Michael Nagara re-emerged with exoteric environmental work with awareness of the crisis in global climate change.

Mark Royall Schroll is a self-taught painter who constantly seeks the artist within. Born and raised in Beardstown, a small farm town in central Illinois, he has always felt the need to represent his rural background. “I have progressed from viewing the mid-west through rose-colored glasses to seeing the influences of the ag-industry upon our land and the farming culture. It has been a long and sometimes frustrating path, and now I understand what many men of wisdom have said is true… the more I learn, the more ignorant I realize I am.” - M. Royal Schroll
Summer Silence is the first of a new body of work, and is a collaboration between the two artists. The piece seeks to visualize how a 6-ft.-from-ground-level waterline, like that eventually predicted for some coastal cities, might look if manifested in the agricultural Midwest.