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Solo Exhibition: The Urban Pioneers - Portraits of Urban Ecology

Press Release

The Urban Pioneers - Portraits of Urban Ecology is a series of watercolor paintings by nature illustrator, Trenton Jung. This series highlights the plants and animals that inhabit man-made ecosystems and their relationships with humans. The idea for this project grew from Trenton’s experiences living in suburban and urban environments and seeing pockets of wildlife thriving in man-made spaces. Trenton uses delicate washes of watercolor paint to appreciate the organisms that often go unnoticed during the hustle of daily life.

Thirteen watercolor illustrations will be on display for the Urban Pioneers exhibition representing a variety of habitats found near human habitation. Environments include city parks, a sub-tropical garden, sidewalk cracks, an abandoned construction site, and views from within our homes.

The Urban Pioneers - Portraits of Urban Ecology will be on display from April 20th through May 31st at the Goodwin House of Alexandria: 4800 Filmore Ave, Alexandria, VA 22311. The reception is on Friday, May 24th from 3 - 6 pm.

Trenton Jung is a Los Angeles native who lives and works in Alexandria, VA. He received his BFA in Illustration from the Maryland Institute College of Art and is an active member in the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators. Trenton has exhibited his nature-inspired work in Baltimore, Washington DC, and Fullerton, CA.

For further information about Trenton’s work, visit his portfolio at or email him at

Earlier Event: April 5
Pale Blue Dot - Group Exhibition
Later Event: May 10
Market Day at Cylburn Arboretum