Photo Stories: The Rawlings Conservatory @ Druid Hill Park was host to a 12 day art exhibit(Oct 1-Oct 12), Nature Indoors, which featured the diverse works of some of Baltimore's promising artists. The Conservatory partnered with Maryland Institute College of Art's (MICA) student Gloria Azucena to create an exhibit that celebrates nature by bringing nature indoors. Azucena is enrolled in MICA's Curatorial Practice MFA Program. Photos(c.green images) below are from the exhibits opening reception.
The park began as a plantation/estate that included at least 150 years of enslaved labor. Baltimore purchased it from Lloyd Nicholas Rogers and transformed it into a park in 1860 at a time when the country was in a "public parks movement". Unfortunately, historians and park enthusiasts have "whitewashed" and sanitized the true history of the park. In fact, Blacks contributions to the park is second to none!