This summer, visitors to the Boston Harbor Islands may encounter the lens of New York artist Xiomáro (pronounced SEE-oh-MAH-ro).
The National Park Service has commissioned the fine art photographer to create a visual collection of Peddocks, Spectacle and other islands that will be exhibited throughout the state to raise public awareness of the recreational area and to launch the newly created Artist-in-Residence program. The exhibits will be supported with artist talks and other public programming.
Xiomáro is a nationally exhibited artist whose work has been covered by The New York Times, The Huffington Post, Fine Art Connoisseur and News 12 Long Island. He is frequently commissioned by the National Park Service to create photographic collections that breathe life into iconic American leaders and historical sites.
The artist’s photographic collections include the home of President Theodore Roosevelt at Sagamore Hill National Historic Site, which is presently on a year-long solo exhibit at Harvard University. Xiomáro also photographed the estate of William Floyd (a signer of the Declaration of Independence) at Fire Island National Seashore. A collection based on the slave cemetery located at the estate was exhibited during Black History Month at New York City’s African Burial Ground National Monument.
“My goal is to create a collection that will draw viewers for its art and then encourage them to enjoy the islands’ recreational opportunities and to appreciate their unique history and culture,” explains Xiomáro. “And developing the existing tourist base for the islands provides a much-needed economic boost for the region’s economy.”
The project will also serve to launch an Artist-in-Residence program for which Xiomaro will be its first. He began his career as an Artist-in-Residence at Weir Farm National Historic Site in Connecticut where he continues as a Visiting Artist. “So I can attest to the importance for establishing something similar in the islands, where I’ll be residing intermittently to help establish the program. There’s a historical relationship between artists and parks. The works of photographers and painters like Ansel Adams and Albert Bierstadt helped to preserve many areas that are now national parks.”
A free e-book containing some of Xiomáro’s work is available at http://www.xiomaro.com.