January, 2018

08jan(jan 8)9:00 am23feb(feb 23)5:00 pmSOUTHERN ICONS, A to ZBenson Campus GalleriesEvent Categories:Visual Arts

Event Details

Southern Icons, A to Z  is an exhibition of photographs each accompanied by a written response.  Southern Icons, A to Z was conceived and curated by Rob McDonald, Donna Rosser, and Meryl Truett of SlowExposures.  The exhibition presents images from 2017 in the form of the medieval abecedary.  The abecedary has morphed into our contemporary ABC books for pre-school children. According to McDonald, Rosser, and Truett, “This collection is intended to propose a visual catalogue of the contemporary South as it is being lived and experienced in the second decade of the twenty-first century. Twenty-six photographers were invited to contribute images in response to a list of “icons” of Southernness, with instructions to avoid, at all cost, the cliché or stereotype in favor of presenting a fresh insight into a given aspect of the region…  The exhibition might be said to function as a primer to show in pictures what we talk about when we talk about the South.”

Southern Icons, A to Z is a unique collection of contemporary images of curator-prescribed Southern icons by Southern photographers from several generations.  After the photographs were created, influential Southern writers responded to individual images giving us two distinct views of each icon.  We are afforded the opportunity to consider the image and the response both conceived by artists within their own medium.

The Benson Campus Galleries are operated by and for the faculty and students of the Department of Visual Arts at Greenville Technical College.  The galleries are located on the Benson Campus, 2522 Locust Hill Road (Hwy 290) in Taylors, SC.  For more information visit www.gvltec.edu/dva or contact:

Pat Owens
Benson Campus Galleries
Benson Campus
Greenville Technical College
(864) 250-3051


January 8 (Monday) 9:00 am - February 23 (Friday) 5:00 pm


Benson Campus Galleries

2522 Locust Hill Road (Hwy 290)