Student in Traveling Exhibition

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Photography senior George Etheredge in exhibition, Looking at Appalachia

The traveling print exhibition will be on view in S. Tucker Cooke Gallery, November 3-17. Artists' Talk (including curator Roger May) on November 6, 5:00 p.m., S. Tucker Cooke Gallery; Opening Reception: November 6, 6-8pm. History professor Dan Pierce, literature professor Erica Locklear, and photography student George Etheredge will discuss Appalachia and photography at noon on November 3 in S. Tucker Cooke Gallery. All Events Free and Open to the Public.

George Etheredge (BA candidate, with a concentration in photography, Class of 2016) has had his photojournalism essays and multiple photograph series published in several online and print publications this year, including The Asheville Citizen Times, The Mountain XPress, Modern Farmer, and is currently in the traveling exhibition, Looking at Appalachia: Fifty Years After the War on Poverty, which has been profiled in several publications, including The New York Times, Global Citizen, and regional and university newspapers as well as public radio and television stations. 

Looking at Appalachia was the brain-child of Roger May, a documentary photographer who currently lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, but grew up in the Tug River Valley on the Kentucky-West Virginia state line and still has close ties to Appalachia, especially southern West Virginia. In the introduction to the project he writes, “In 1964, President Lyndon Johnson declared unconditional war on poverty in the United States and nowhere was this war more photographed than Appalachia. . . . . Many of the War on Poverty photographs, whether intentional or not, became a visual definition of Appalachia. . . .In an attempt to explore the diversity of Appalachia and establish a visual counter point, this project looks at Appalachia fifty years after the declaration of the War on Poverty. Drawing from a diverse population of photographers within the region, this new crowdsourced image archive will serve as a reference that is defined by its people as opposed to political legislation.”

Etheredge had five photographs selected from more than two thousand that were submitted by professional, student, and amateur photographers. From those, a seven-member panel of respected photographers, filmmakers, curators, art educators, and editors selected nearly three hundred pieces for the digital collection, and from those, seventy-five were chosen for the traveling print exhibition. Etheredge has two photographs in the print exhibition.

The two print images are from his Pisgah View Apartment Project. Those and others were in his photo essay, "Urban Gardens in Asheville," which was published in Modern Farmer, a print quarterly, daily website, and event series, dedicated to raising awareness of global agriculture issues, as well as The Asheville Citizen Times. Etheridge’s piece on Urban Gardens is the culmination of a long-term photographic project with Pisgah View Peace Gardens in Asheville.  The gardens were started by a longtime resident of the Pisgah View Housing Projects in 2004, and are currently run by Sir Charles Gardner and Carl Elijah Johnson. 

In addition to general news photographs in Asheville newspapers, Etheredge has published a four-part series of “Living Portraits” in the Asheville Citizen-Times: Thomas WheelerEverett Chandler, Robert Briggs, and Jerry Shamblin; a photo-essay on the Pisgah View Peace Gardens;  an interview with the gardener in Mountain Xpress; and a personal essay on UNC Asheville's Career Center website. Visit his website to see other projects.

Looking at Appalachia is on view May 21–June 26, at the Spartanburg County Library in South Carolina, and will move to locations in North Carolina, Michigan, Virginia, and West Virginia with more to be added. The collection and documentation will be permanently housed at Duke University’s Archive of Documentary Arts.

This exhibition is for photographs taken in 2014.  Submissions for 2015 are currently being accepted. It should be noted that one of those already accepted is UNC Asheville alumna Louisa Murrey (Class of 2014), Lou Murrey. March 19, 2015. Skate World, Vilas, Watauga County, North Carolina.

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George Etheredge, Carl Elijah Johnson, May 4, 2014.
Sitting by the fire at Pisgah View Apartments, Asheville, Buncombe County, North Carolina in Looking at Appalachia (online and print)

George Etheredge, A boy sits on his basketball. March 12, 2014.
A boy at Pisgah View Apartments, Asheville, Buncombe County, North Carolina, in Looking at Appalachia  (online and print).

George Etheredge, Daniel August, August 25, 2014.
Daniel August, fly-fishes in the French Broad River, Asheville, in Looking at Appalachia (online).

George Etheredge, Asheville from the I-240 cut, May 28, 2014.
Overlooking Asheville, Buncombe County, North Carolina, Looking at Appalachia (online).

George Etheredge, Carl Elijah Johnson harvesting, 2014.
Pisgah View Peace Gardens, from the Urban Garden Series.

George Etheredge, Carl Elijah Johnson harvesting potatoes, 2014.
Pisgah View Apartments Peace Garden, from the Urban Gardens Project.