Fort Scott NHS hosts unique art exhibit

Submitted by Fort Scott National Historic Site, June 8

Fort Scott National Historic Site is pleased to announce a unique exhibition of national park artwork now on display at the fort.

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Visitors can enjoy images from other national parks across the country with this collection, part of the National Park Service 100th Anniversary celebration. The traveling art exhibit by Chad Farnes is unique in its medium as well in its theme. The collection, titled A Tribute to our National Parks, depicts 21 National Parks from around the country in duct tape and masking tape on canvas. The scenes vary as much as our national parks, including animals, scenery, people recreating and historic buildings. Some of the parks featured are Acadia, Mammoth Cave, Hot Springs, Yellowstone and Great Smoky Mountain.

The collection of works is on display now at Fort Scott National Historic Site, on the second floor of the museum, next to the theater. The exhibition arrived at Fort Scott from Homestead National Monument of America, and will travel next to Fort Larned National Historic Site after the exhibit ends on June 21. It will be displayed at several other national park sites in this Centennial year.

Chad Farnes was raised in California and moved to Utah for college. He originally stumbled across tape art when a roommate used painter’s tape to decorate a wall. Chad began creating his own wall creations and eventually expanded into using other types of tape, such as masking tape and duct tape, and different surfaces, such as canvas. Chad has exhibited at several locations around the country, such as the Utah County Art Gallery and in Brooklyn, New York, at the Crest Hardware Art Show. Discover more about Mr. Farnes’ creative work at

Fort Scott National Historic Site is one of over 400 units of the National Park Service. It is open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Entrance to the site is free of charge.

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