The Honors Program at Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College is sponsoring a special public event at 7 pm on October 10, 2011, featuring an artist talk by Wendy Ewald at its Whitesburg campus. Ewald is an internationally recognized photographer who lived and worked in Letcher County during 1974 – 1982. With support from the Kentucky Arts Council and the Polaroid Foundation, she was an artist in the schools at Kingdom Come one-room school, Cowan Elementary and Campbell’s Branch Elementary where she encouraged her students to use cameras to record themselves, their families and communities, and to articulate their fantasies and dreams. The work resulting from those years was collected in the book Portraits and Dreams published in 1985.
As part of the presentation, Ewald will share select images created by her and the students during the era when she was teaching locally. Archival media as well as contemporary video will also be shown from a new documentary project which follows the process of re-engagement between Ewald and her former students who are now adults in their forties.
This event will take place in the Auditorium of the Belinda Mason Building at SKCTC, 2 Long Avenue in downtown Whitesburg, Kentucky. It is free and open to the public and is made possible in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
For more information, please call Rhona Creech at SKCTC: 606-633-0279 ext 13347, Robert Gipe at SKCTC: 606-589 – 3130 or Elizabeth Barret at Appalshop: 606-633-0108