James Blair: Our Threatened Inheritance

Old Main Gallery & Framing

Upcoming Dates & Times

Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Old Main Gallery and Framing will host the solo exhibition Our Threatened Inheritance by James P. Blair during the month of October. You are invited to join us for an Opening Reception on Saturday, October 7th from 5-7pm.   

“The public lands belong to all Americans, and their conservation must begin with us. As American citizens, we have the privilege of sharing the natural treasures of our nation. We also have the responsibility of preserving and nurturing that inheritance and bequeathing it, intact, to future generations.”

 – Gilbert M. Grosvenor, President, National Geographic Society


James P. Blair studied at the Institute of Design at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. As a freelance photographer, Blair has had commissions from the U.S. Information Agency, Time, and Life Magazines. He spent over thirty years on staff at National Geographic. Our Threatened Inheritance is a direct response to the threat we face to our public lands. This show features photographs published by National Geographic Society in “Our Threatened Inheritance: Natural Treasures of the United States”. These photographs are available for the first time and exclusively at Old Main Gallery for the month of October. James will give a brief presentation and discussion at the opening reception on the importance of conservation of public lands. Blair’s photographs are represented in the permanent collections of National Portrait Gallery (Washington DC), the Museum of Modern Art (New York City), the Portland Museum of Art (Maine) and the Carnegie Museum of Art (Pittsburgh). Since retiring from the National Geographic Society in 1994, Blair has continued to photograph and teach.