Brooks gives "Floating Leaf" photograph to new Ag Comm suite

Brooks gives "Floating Leaf" photograph to new Ag Comm suite

Oct 21
Kimberly Meenen, Senior Director of Advancement

Richard E. Brooks, a fine art photographer, designer, and marketing consultant in Chicago, was recently on campus to present his first ag photography scholarship and to give one of his prized photographic works to Dr. Lulu Rodriguez, director of the Agricultural Communications Program. “Floating Leaf” was taken by Brooks in Allerton Park in Monticello, Illinois in 1967. It will reside in the Ag Comm Program’s new suite on the second floor of Bevier Hall.

A native of Jerseyville, Illinois, Brooks graduated in 1967 with an Agricultural Communications degree from the University of Illinois College of Agriculture (now ACES).

“’Floating Leaf’ has been published several times and is always a favorite at gallery exhibitions,” said Brooks. “It is my distinct honor to donate my "Floating Leaf" photograph to the program's décor.”

The image was featured in a coffee table book for former University of Illinois President John E. Corbally in 1977. The image was treated with a tight crop and appeared on the front and back of both the hard cover sleeve and the book itself. It was repeated as a duotone for each chapter page.

Please stop by to see the print in the Ag Comm Program’s suite. Say hello to the faculty while you are there.

Richard Brooks holding the donated photo with Ag Comm director, Dr. Lulu Rodriguez