Feature Articles

February 2014

University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC, Features Photos of Rural South

The University of South Carolina’s McKissick Museum in Columbia, SC, is presenting Photography of the Rural South, on view through May 10, 2014 in the Museum’s 3rd floor lobby.

The exhibition is a product of the course of the same title offered by the Institute for Southern Studies and the Department of Art. It is a unique course that instructs students with no prior experience in photography about the theory and practice of photography. As part of its training, the course asks students to work together in groups to create photographic studies of rural communities around North and South Carolina. It introduces students to the long history of photographic and documentary projects of the South, and provides opportunities to interact with internationally acclaimed artists and photographers.

Working on individual projects as part of a group, students learn about the significant relationships that develop between an individual and a community. Students create, select, sequence, and pace their own images for class discussions and digital projections, and prepare their work for exhibition. Since first offered in 2012, student work from Photography of the Rural South has been viewed by an international audience in regional exhibitions and online journals such as Fraction Magazine and One, One Thousand. McKissick Museum and the Institute for Southern Studies will display samples of these photographs.

McKissick Museum is located on the University of South Carolina’s historic Horseshoe with available parking in the garage at the corner of Pendleton and Bull streets. All exhibits are free and open to the public.

For further information check our SC Institutional Gallery listings, call Ja-Nae Epps at 803/777-2876 or visit (http://artsandsciences.sc.edu/mckissickmuseum).

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