Land of Latitudes confirms Chile's international reputation in printmaking and ceramic work, but also exhibits how the nation's artists take full advantage of every conceivable option and freedom in pursuit of personal creativity. Chilean artists operate outside the narrow specializations often practiced by North American artists. Many simultaneously explore painting, printmaking and sculpture, experimenting with materials, techniques, styles and approaches. The power of Chile's landscape is one of the threads uniting the exhibition's diversity of work. Other influences include Chile's literary figures, its indigenous cultures and its political history.
The exhibition, curated by Sara Johnson, director of visual arts at the Southern Ohio Museum and Cultural Center, and Betty Talbott, director of the Ohio Craft Museum, features the work of 51 artists living in the South American nation.