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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.

Upcoming Exhibitions

My work will be included in two important group exhibitions opening this fall.  Eye on the West: Photography and the Contemporary West, opening in September at Yale University's Beinecke Special Collections Library, will present 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 now available for pre-order. Public programs will also accompany the exhibition. This exhibition was curated by George Miles, Curator, Yale Collection of Western Americana.

My work from Hale County Alabama, What's Lost is Found, will also be included in a major traveling group show, Southbound: Photographs of and About the New South, that will open in October 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 including Eugene Richards, Mitch Epstein and Mark Steinmetz. The exhibition will travel to the Gregg Museum of Art & Design and the Power Plant Gallery at Duke University. A large catalogue, public programming and film will accompany the exhibition. 

Recent Award

What’s Lost is Found, has just been awarded Duke University’s 2017 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 May 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.