Date: Friday, 15 September 2017
Here is a chance to play a part in this project. Check out my Go Fund Me page and make a contribution to get a bookmark, a poster, or an artist edition museum print. Gifts of $250 or more will get your name on the gallery wall acknowledgments panel and just $50 more gets you an 11×14 artist edition print. At least 50,000 people are expected to see this exhibit.
Why am I still raising money for this project? I’ve had support from many people to make this happen and am partnering with the NC Department of Natural and Cultural Resources as well as two state historic sites. However, I still owe money for framing. All of these images are custom sizes, and as I tell my photography students, presentation can make or break a photo. A huge thank you to Bull City Art & Frame Company for their continued support. They framed the photos in record time with top quality. A special thank you to Tiffany, Lewis, Sajin, John, and Michelle at Bull City!
Scroll down to see some behind-the-scenes shots of my final photography work at the Vance Birthplace, one of the final prints before it was framed, the packaged framed prints at Bull City Art & Frame Company, their arrival at the Western Office, and their installation at the Western Office.
Be sure to watch the short video here that shows our process of doing the photo layout on the floor before hanging them. The photos are sequenced ahead of time, but the order and arrangement must be tweaked for each venue.
Vance Birthplace site manager Kimberly Floyd makes a brief appearance in this video. Also look for the amazing design work of curator Kara Deadmon. You don’t see Kerby or Dennis in the video, but their presence was felt. They have helped me more than I can say and are constantly working behind the scenes at the Vance Birthplace to make it a wonderful historic site. Thank you to both of you. (Folks, you’ll get to meet Kerby soon in videos we made together of the Vance Birthplace. Stay tuned for those wonderful interviews.) Thank you also to Jeff at the Western Office and Heather who helped dress the exhibit vitrines. And Jan, I miss you. Thank you so much for all you’ve done for me.
Thank you to all of my exhibit supporters and long-term Patreon patrons. You make my work possible. I love you all.
This is a joint project with the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. It depicts the Zebulon B. Vance Birthplace Historic Site in Weaverville, NC.