Heart of the River | National Artist Exhibit

Starting DateSeptember 14, 2018

Ending DateOctober 21, 2018

Event Description

Celebrating the First 50 Years of the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway

A juried exhibition at The Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson, WI

September 14 – October 21, 2018

The St. Croix National Scenic Riverway celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2018. This treasured national park, which includes the St. Croix and Namekagon Rivers, was born in 1968 with the passage of the Wild & Scenic Rivers Act. The Riverway, with its clean water, wooded bluffs, abundant wildlife, and unique rock formations, was one of the original eight Wild & Scenic Rivers, and the only one to be named a national park.

The St. Croix and Namekagon rivers are something to celebrate. The Riverway provides rich recreational opportunities – camping, paddling, fishing, boating, birdwatching, hiking – amid breathtaking scenic vistas. The rivers flow through the lives of local people and visitors alike, providing an escape from modern civilization.

Artists nationwide were encouraged to submit work for “Heart of the River” that expresses the significance of the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway in their lives, and communicates that connection through unique depictions, interpretations, impressions, memories, and hopes for the future.


Need some river inspiration? National park rangers can help you plan a trip on the St. Croix and/or Namekagon rivers. The St. Croix River Visitor Center (715-483-2274) and the Namekagon River Visitor Center (715-635-8346) are both open daily from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Trip planning information is also available on the park website: www.nps.gov/sacn.



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