Siloam Springs, Ark. (April 6, 2010) - The opening reception of the exhibit “Continuous Thread of Revelation: Photographs and Writings by Eudora Welty” will be Thursday, April 8 at 6:30 p.m. in the John Brown University Art Gallery. The exhibit will be on display through May 2.
During the 1930’s Eudora Welty took photographs as she traveled through her native state of Mississippi, New York’s Manhattan area and the French Quarter of New Orleans. She captured the small details of human interactions, relationships and locations that are not as obvious to most people. “The photographs show Welty’s wide-ranging curiosity and unstinting empathy – which would mark her work as a writer as well,” said Charles Peer, director of the JBU Art Gallery.
In 1936 Welty had her first short story “Death of a Traveling Salesman” published in Manuscript magazine and had a solo exhibit of her Mississippi photography presented at the Lugene Optician Gallery in New York. In 1972 her novel The Optimist’s Daughter won the Pulitzer Prize.
“This exhibit of 36 of Eudora Welty’s photographs coupled with her writings is a wonderful opportunity to look into the creative mind of one of America’s great writers,” said Peer. “Eudora Welty used her artistic eye to capture a ‘snapshot’ of the world around her, primarily that of the Deep South during the Depression era. She then used these experiences as the material for her short stories. This collection of gives the viewer the rare opportunity to see how her images were transformed into the lush passages of her fiction.”
Photographs in this exhibit are courtesy Eudora Welty L.L.C., and the Eudora Welty Collection of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History. The exhibit was funded in part by the Mississippi Arts Commission.
The JBU Art Gallery is located in JBU’s art building on the main campus in Siloam Springs. Normal gallery hours are Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday afternoon from 2 p.m.-4 p.m. All gallery exhibits are free and open to the public.