Gene Summers is an Emeritus Professor of Rural Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he served from 1970 to 1998. He has been interested in landscape and nature photography for more than 60 years.
He has always felt a strong attachment to nature, probably from having grown up in a remote rural area of Southeast Missouri, and to the beauty that is to be found in the great outdoors, if one takes the time to look closely. Professor Summers attempts to capture the artistry of Mother Nature with the camera. He sees photography as a means of bringing greater attention to natural beauty. It is his hope that a greater awareness of nature will encourage more people to practice conservation and to support environmental protection legislation.
His award winning photographs have appeared in numerous publications and have been on display in more than fifty Wisconsin galleries, exhibitions and art fairs. He is a member of the Madison Art Guild, Mt. Horeb Area Art Association, Museum of Wisconsin Art, Wisconsin Alliance of Artists & Crafters, Wisconsin Regional Artists Association, and the Center for Photography in Madison.
Education: Ph.D., 1962, University of Tennessee