The work of Emory visual arts faculty will be
featured in two dynamic exhibitions this fall, both on campus and
"Rivers and Ruins: Panoramic Landscape Photo-graphs of the
Deep South," on view through Oct. 30, is a solo exhibition
in the Visual Arts Building (700 Peavine Creek Drive) featuring
approximately 20 photographs by Nancy Marshall, lecturer in visual
A second, group exhibition of approximately 50 works, "The
Visual Arts and Beyond by Emory University Faculty," will be
on view from Oct. 23 through Jan. 8, 2004, at SunTrust Plaza, 303
Peachtree St. Both exhibitions are free and open to the public.
Recalling equipment and processes popular in the 19th century, Marshall
photographed with a 1926 wooden field banquet camera on 8-by-20-inch
film and contact printed on hand-sensitized, platinum-palladium
paper. Her subjects explore historic landscapes, rivers and cultural
ruins of Georgia, South Carolina and Mississippi, including Tibwin
Plantation, Etowah River, the 19th century factory ruins at Sweetwater
Creek, the El Dorado Ruin, a Civil War-era riverside villa, Windsor
Ruin near Port Gibson, Miss., and more.
"My intention is to provide a document of these historic places
that are often obscured by neglect or remoteness and to explore
the mysterious connections they make with our past," Marshall
said. "Now decontextualized, the landscape floats, existing
as an artificial landscape. The camera’s horizontal panoramic
view and my interest in history and its manifestation in Southern
land lead me to seek out landscapes that have a mysterious and timeless
Marshall has taught at Emory since 1989. She received a bachelor’s
in 1974 and M.F.A. in 1996 from Georgia Sate University. In 1979
Marshall was a Genesis Project Fellow at Ossabaw Island and later
received the Nexus Press/National Endowment for the Arts grant for
the publication of the monograph, "Ossabaw." Her photographs
have been included in international exhibitions, public and private
collections, and publications such as In Their Mother’s
Eyes and A Handbook of Alternative Processes.
Exhibition hours for "Rivers and Ruins" are Monday through
Friday from 9 a.m.–5 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m.–3 p.m.
(closed on Sundays).
"The Visual Arts and Beyond" includes the work of Marshall,
photography; Linda Armstrong, sculpture; William Brown, film/video/photography;
Diane Kempler, ceramics; Julia Kjelgaard, drawing and painting;
and Katherine Mitchell, drawing and painting. The exhibit’s
new and recent works, which touch on a wide range of themes, were
created not only in Atlanta but during explorations throughout the
United States, Italy, Tibet and northern India.
The presentation by faculty artists is an opportunity to highlight
Emory’s role in the arts in Atlanta. To celebrate Emory’s
commitment to the arts and the recent opening of the Schwartz Center,
the Emory Dance Program will give a performance at SunTrust Plaza
during the Turner First Thursday Arts Walk reception on the evening
of Thursday, Dec. 4.
"The presence of art and those who make it—actors, dancers,
musicians, poets, potters, photographers and so many others—provides
the special leaven that brings joy, excitement, questioning, criticism
and a rising spirit to community," said John Howett, professor
emeritus of art history.
"The Visual Arts and Beyond" will be on view in the lower-level
gallery of SunTrust Plaza from Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.–6
p.m. (evening hours on Nov. 6 and Dec. 4) and Saturdays from 11
a.m. to 4 p.m. (closed Sundays). For exhibition information, call