Face to Face
Face to Face: Portraits from the Juliet Art Museum’s Permanent Collection features over 40 works on one of art’s oldest genres. Drawn entirely from the Museum’s holdings, this exhibit shows different approaches to portraiture from the late 1600s until today.
Portraits have long been a way of communicating identity for centuries of art audiences. This exhibit celebrates and explores historical portraiture through contemporary representation with diverse and sometimes unconventional ways of representing an individual.
Thank you to the Elliott Family Foundation, Daywood Foundation, Herscher Foundation, The Bernard H. and Blanche E. Jacobson Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture, and History, and Fund for the Arts for their support of this exhibition.
Looking at Appalachia
In 1964, President Lyndon Johnson declared unconditional war on poverty in the United States and nowhere was this war more photographed than Appalachia. A quick Google image search of “war on poverty” will yield several photographs of President Johnson on the porch of the Fletcher family home in Inez, Kentucky.
Many of the War on Poverty photographs, whether intentional or not, became a visual definition of Appalachia. These images have often drawn from the poorest areas and people to gain support for the intended cause, but unjustly came to represent the entirety of the region while simultaneously perpetuating stereotypes.
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 crowd sourced image archive will serve as a reference that is defined by its people as opposed to political legislation.
This project is designed and directed by photographer Roger May and is open to submissions from 1 January – 31 December each calendar year.