Ninth Photographic Image Biennial Exhibition

Rachel McClain, In the Pink Bathroom

Ninth Photographic Image Biennial Exhibition
January 22 – February 20, 2015
Lecture by Juror:  Burk Uzzle
January 22, 2015, 5:00 PM, Speight Auditorium
Exhibition Reception to Follow

The Wellington B. Gray Gallery is proud to announce that the Ninth Photographic Image Biennial Exhibition will be on view in the School of Art and Design from January 22 through February 20, 2015. The exhibition juror, Burk Uzzle, will give a lecture on his work and announce awards on Thursday, January 22 at 5:00 PM in Speight Auditorium. An opening reception honoring the artists will follow in the Gray Gallery. The lecture and reception are free and open to the public.

Juror Burk Uzzle chose 70 works by 56 artists from across the country for inclusion in the exhibition covering the range of photographic processes, including the now dominant digital imaging, traditional black and white and color photography, antiquarian and alternative processes.

Burk Uzzle is an internationally recognized photographer. His career, like his pictures, blends American culture, individual psyches of particular places or people, and an atypical way of seeing ourselves, our values, and our community. Initially grounded in documentary photography when he was the youngest photographer ever hired by LIFE magazine at age 23, his work then grew into a combination of split-second impressions reflecting the human condition during his tenure as a member of the prestigious international Magnum cooperative founded by one of his mentors Henri Cartier-Bresson. For fifteen years, Uzzle was an active contributor to the evolution of the organization and served as its President in 1979 and 1980. During the sixteen years he was associated with Magnum, he produced some of the most recognizable images we have of Woodstock (album cover and worldwide reproduction of its iconic couple hugging at dawn) to the assassination and funeral of Martin Luther King Jr. to our comprehension for the experience of Cambodian war refugees. Uzzle’s current body of work is the production of artful and constructed reflections of his subjects, many of whom are African-American residents proximal to his studio in North Carolina. Their layers of experience are conjoined with Uzzle’s fundamental appreciation for unseen characteristics, which he ably captures in a collaborative, interpretive context along with his eye and his heart.

Tom Braswell, interim director, said of the Ninth Biennial sponsored by the Gray Gallery, “The first Photography and Digital Image Exhibition in the Wellington B. Gray Gallery was organized by Gil Leebrick, Director, and held in February 1997. The exhibition’s first juror, Olivia Parker, chose a show that was ecumenical in its diversity of photo-based media. Subsequent jurors Evon Streetman, Robert Fichter, Maggie Taylor, Mark Klett, Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison, Keith Carter, and Sam Wang continued the selection of a wide range of aesthetics for the exhibition. In keeping with that tradition, this year’s show is an overview of the pluralism of practice in contemporary photographic art.”

The Wellington B. Gray Gallery is located off of Fifth and Jarvis Streets on the campus of East Carolina University in the Jenkins Fine Arts Center. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM and Saturday 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM. The gallery is closed for all University holidays. Jenkins Fine Arts Center is handicapped accessible. Parking for the lecture and reception is available in the lot surrounding Jenkins Fine Arts Center.

For more information, please contact Tom Braswell, Interim Gallery Director, at (252) 328-1312.