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Exhibition of Photos Taken by PCC Students on Display at North Carolina Museum of Art

A collection of silver gelatin photos by PCC students, including this one by graphic design student Matthew Wagner, will be on display at the N.C. Museum of Art through May 14. There is no fee to view the “Roots: Getting Reacquainted with Eastern North Carolina” exhibit, which provokes viewers through a number of related themes, including the impermanence of life, the nature of time, the reality of destruction, and the role of agriculture in human prosperity.

RALEIGH—For a group of Pitt Community College students inspired by the landscapes of renowned American photographer Ansel Adams, yesterday marked the beginning of an exhibition of their own works at the N.C. Museum of Art.

The exhibit, titled “Roots: Getting Reacquainted with Eastern North Carolina,” is a collection of photos taken by 19 PCC students enrolled in ART 261 (Traditional Photography) during the 2016 Fall Semester. The images will be on display through May 14 in the Education Wing of the museum’s East Building—the same facility currently hosting an “Ansel Adams: Masterworks” exhibition until May 7.

According to Charity Valentine, chair of PCC’s Associate in Fine Arts Department, “Roots” is comprised of traditional silver gelatin prints depicting Eastern North Carolina’s changing industrial and agricultural landscape. She said the students whose work is on display were given the option of focusing on the beauty of the landscape, the impact man has had upon the land, or the reality of banal landscapes typically encountered in daily life.

“What makes this show all the more impressive is that this was literally the students’ second assignment in the darkroom,” Valentine said, adding that many of the photos were taken around the time of Hurricane Matthew with some depicting the impact the storm’s heavy rains had on the eastern part of the state.

A reception for the “Roots” exhibition has been scheduled for Feb. 19, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., in the museum. The student photographers will be on hand, and light refreshments will be served.

Located at 2110 Blue Ridge Road in Raleigh, the N.C. Museum of Art is open Tuesday through Sunday each week, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day except Friday, when it is open until 9 p.m. For more information, visit www.ncartmuseum.org.