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|For Immediate Release
March 28, 2000
"I-26: Corridor of Change" Exhibition Opens April 3 at UNCA's Blowers Gallery
"I-26: Corridor of Change," an exhibition of photographs and text documenting an eight-mile segment of highway construction through the mountains of North Carolina by Rob Amberg and Sam Gray, will be on view at UNCA's Ramsey Library Blowers Gallery April 3-29. The exhibition is free and open to the public.
A lecture by Amberg and Gray will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 12, in the gallery, which is located on the main floor of the Ramsey Library. A reception will follow.
Amberg and Gray, both long-time residents of Western North Carolina, are collecting and sorting the evidence of cultural dislocation and upheaval caused by the interstate construction. Through photographs and text, "I-26: Corridor of Change" illustrates the many economic, social and cultural changes affecting the Appalachian communities in the road's path through northeastern Madison County.
Amberg, who lives in Marshall, is an award-winning freelance photographer whose work focuses on Southern culture. Gray, a native of McDowell County, is director of Mountain Gateway Museum in Old Fort. In 1998, Amberg and Gray were awarded the Dorothea Lange-Paul Taylor prize, a prestigious honor given annually for documentary work.
The exhibition is sponsored in part by the North Carolina Humanities Council.
For more information, call the UNCA Ramsey Library at 828/251-6436.
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