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Recent Acquisitions

Yale University's Beinecke Special Collections Library has just acquired an additional 60 photographs for their collection. The acquisition included photographs from Second NatureGrowthIt Isn't Black-and-White, Remnants and a single large photograph captured in a clearcut in the Pacific Northwest. These prints bring their total holdings of my work to 160+ photographs.

The Do Good Fund has also acquired an additional 5 large photographs from What's Lost is Found. The collection now has 18 photographs from multiple projects.

The High Museum of Art has acquired 10 photographs from What's Lost is Found. The selection was curated by Gregory Harris, Assistant Curator of Photography.
 

Current Exhibitions

My work is included in the now open, Eye on the West: Photography and the Contemporary West, at Yale University's Beinecke Special Collections Library, curated by George Miles, Curator, Yale Collection of Western Americana. The exhibition presents the work of seventeen contemporary photographers of the West, prompting conversations about how visual art continues to reflect and shape our understanding of Western American society, culture, and politics. A book, published by Yale University Press, is also available. This exhibition was curated by George Miles, Curator, Yale Collection of Western Americana. The exhibition will run through December 16.

I participated in a panel discussion on September 22 titled “Capturing Traces of a Disappearing Past" with photographers Richard Buswell, David Ottenstein and Kim Stringfellow. I will also be participating in a panel discussion and workshop on photobooks on October 26-27 with artist Marion Belanger, artist and curator for Duke’s Archive of Documentary Art, Lisa McCarty, and Molly Dotson, the Assistant Director of Special Collections at Yale’s Haas Family Arts Library. More information to follow on that event.

Two photographs from What's Lost is Found will be included in Views of the South: Photographs from The Do Good Fund, an upcoming exhibition at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts in Montgomery, Alabama, curated by Margaret Lynne Ausfeld. The exhibition will run from September 29, 2018 - January 6, 2019 and will include public programming.

My work from Hale County Alabama, What's Lost is Found, is in a major traveling group show, Southbound: Photographs of and About the New South, at the Halsey Institute for Contemporary Art. Curated by Mark Long and Mark Sloan, this show will present the work of fifty-six photographers’ visions of the South over the first decades of the twenty-first century. The exhibition will travel to the Gregg Museum of Art & Design, Power Plant Gallery at Duke University, Hunter Museum of American Art and LSU Museum of Art through 2021. A 380-page catalogue, public programming and film accompanies the exhibition.
 

Recent Award

What’s Lost is Found, has been awarded Duke University’s Archive of Documentary Arts Collection Award for Documentarians of the American South. The award is an acquisition prize; Duke acquired 40 photographs from the project. This body of work was commissioned by The Do Good Fund, a Georgia non-profit whose mission is to acquire and exhibit contemporary photography made in the American South. I was Do Good's inaugural Artist-in-Residence in Greensboro, AL in 2015. 
 

New Book: poetics

Just published, poetics is a continuation of my ongoing collaboration with poet Kimiko Hahn. The 3-part project is the first book that includes some of my oil pastel drawings. I drew on existing photographs and asked Kimiko to respond to them. The result is a loose narrative that employs “word-play” both in literal and graphic form. poetics is a unique object, an edition of 1, and was just acquired by Yale University’s Beinecke Special Collections Library. To view more information, visit Vela Noche.