The Way Home: Photographs by Chad Edwards, Micah Green, Chuck Hemard, Jessica Ingram and Alexis McGrigg
July 27 – October 31, 2021
Sanderson and Christian Galleries
The Way Home celebrates the range of work being produced by five Southern photographers. Each artist is showcased by a thematic body of work, covering topics such as a celebration of industry and an examination of its effects on our region’s landscape, the struggles and triumphs of life in the South, and place and identity as they relate to the concept of home.
Chad Edwards, a native of Laurel, developed an interest in photography when, as a young man, he snuck cameras into concerts. He continued to take photographs after he became a professional tour manager. Although he spends much of his time on the road, Edwards’ work on display in The Way Home features a day in the life Laurel Machine and Foundry, a company in his hometown.
Born in Texas and having lived in Mississippi, Georgia and now South Carolina, Micah Green began taking photographs while working at a short-staffed newspaper and has since become an accomplished photojournalist. The photographs chosen for display in The Way Home focus on the hands of the people he has met through his work as they work and worship, play and protest.
A lifelong resident of the South, Chuck Hemard is an Associate Professor at Auburn University in the Department of Art and Art History. Using large format film cameras, Hemard produces photographs of quintessentially rural Southern landscapes that show how modern industry is impacting our sense of the place we call home.
A native of Nashville, Jessica Ingram is on the faculty in the Department of Art at Florida State University in Tallahassee. On display in this exhibition are works from Road Through Midnight: A Civil Rights Memorial, a series that brings attention to sites of tragedy and struggle and memorializes the lives lost on the continuing journey to racial and social justice in the South.
Utica, Mississippi native Alexis McGrigg utilizes the mediums of painting, drawing, photography, transmedia, and installation in her work. She finds the concept of Blackness in three forms: figurative abstraction, the notion of spirituality and its relationship to Being, and celestial and metaphysical space. Her experimental photographs on display in this exhibition are visual examinations of the mode of travel through that space, as Black people go to and from a larger theoretical plane that they call “Home.”
Panel Discussion and Exhibition Reception
Thursday, August 5, 2021
5:30 p.m. Panel Discussion
6:30–8:00 p.m. Reception
Please join several of the artists of The Way Home as they discuss how their work relates to the concept of home and their life in the South. A reception will follow the panel discussion.
Exhibition generously sponsored by:
Chad Edwards, Worker and a Pulley, 2020, digital print
Micah Green, Pre-game Grab by a Seminole, 2019, digital print
Chuck Hemard, #3 Okaloosa County, Florida, 2012, pigment print
Jessica Ingram, Memorial for Vernon Dahmer Sr. erected by his wife, Ellie, at the site of his store and home, Kelly Settlement, Hattiesburg, Mississippi, 2009, archival inket print
Alexis McGrigg, Journeying 2, 2021, digital print