The Honors Program at Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College will sponsor an event at 7 p. m. on Oct. 10, featuring an artist talk by Wendy Ewald at its Whitesburg campus. Ewald is an internationally recognized photographer who lived and worked in Letcher County during 1974-1982. With support from the Kentucky Arts Council and the Polaroid Foundation, she was an artist in the schools at Kingdom Come, Cowan and Campbell’s Branch Elementary Schools, where she encouraged her students to use cameras to record themselves, their families and communities, and to articulate their fantasies and dreams. The work resulting from those years was collected in the book Portraits and Dreams published in 1985.
As part of the presentation, Ewald will share images created by her and the students during the era when she was teaching locally. Archival media as well as contemporary video will also be shown from a new documentary project which follows the process of re-engagement between Ewald and her former students, who are now in their 40s.
This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call Rhona Creech at 606-633- 0279 ext, 13347, Robert Gipe at 606-589-3130, or Elizabeth Barret at 606- 633-0108