Anderson University

Art and Design


The Little Things: Looking at Life from the Ground Up by Clay Bolt

Show Dates

February 10 - March 28, 2014

Artist Lecture

Thursday, February 27 at 7:00 pm

Vandiver Gallery
Reception to follow

About the Work

My twin-passions in life have always been nature and art. When I was young, the natural world was my escape and drawing was a tool that I often used to express my feelings when words were so hard to come by.

Throughout the years, these same threads have continued to weave their way in and out of my life. However, in 2001, during a trip to Australia, I picked up my camera for the first time with serious intention, and this changed my path forever. A near-perfect synthesis of nature and art occurred in my mind, and the way forward become much more clear. If a person can truly have a 'calling,' I had found mine.

About the Artist

Clay Bolt is a Natural History and Conservation Photographer specializing in macro and close-up photography of Southern Appalachian biodiversity, with an emphasis on invertebrates, reptiles and amphibians. His images and projects have been featured by organizations and publications such as National Geographic, The Nature Conservancy, Scientific American, Outdoor Photographer, Audubon Magazine, BBC Wildlife and many others. He is an Associate Fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP).

In 2009, Clay co-founded the international nature photography project "Meet Your Neighbours" which has grown to include dozens of photographers representing over 40 locations around the world. The mission at MYN is to reconnect people with the wildlife that lives within their own communities. In 2012, in partnership with The Highlands Biological Foundation, he co-founded Backyard Naturalists, whose mission is to inspire an appreciation of the natural world in children through science, art and technology.

Clay is passionate about spreading the message that a connection to nature begins at home and is always seeking out new ways to promote this concept through his photography, writing, presentations and community involvement. For the past decade Clay has regularly partnered with organizations to develop imagery that can be used to support conservation. Arguably the proudest moment of Clay's career to date came in 2008 when his images were successfully used by The Nature Conservancy to illustrate their campaign to protect The Nine Times Tract in the mountains of South Carolina, which has been called one of the most botanically rich sites in the southeastern, United States. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the North American Nature Photography Association.

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