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Photographer Dona Ann McAdams Discusses Social Justice and Photography

Rutland ~ In conjunction with her 45-year career retrospective exhibition at Castleton University, photographer Dona Ann McAdams will share examples of her work and how they reflect social justice issues in a talk at Rutland Free Library on November 6 at 7:00 pm. Her talk, Photography as Social Justice,” is part of the Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays lecture series and is free and open to the public.

McAdams will sit down with curator John Killacky to discuss her work, and show her empathetic black-and-white portraits of performing artists, AIDS activists, political protests, people living with schizophrenia, Appalachian farmers, cloistered nuns, and others.

Dona Ann McAdams’ work has been exhibited widely, nationally and internationally, at places such as the Museum of Modern Art, NYC; The Whitney Museum of American Art, NYC; The International Center of Photography; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Robert Miller Gallery and La Primavera Fotographica, Barcelona. Her photos are in the collections of, among other places, the Museum of Modern Art; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Print Club, and the Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris.

Since 1983 McAdams has been committed to bringing cameras and photography into marginalized and under-served communities. She has built community darkrooms and taught photography inside New York City homeless shelters and day programs for people living with severe mental illness, on the backstretch of a thoroughbred race track, and inside a small farming community in West Virginia. In 2010 she collaborated with Maurice Sendak and Lynn Caponera to establish the Sendak Fellowship, a residency program for people who tell stories with illustration. She lives on a goat dairy farm in southwestern Vermont.

About First Wednesdays

The Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays series is held on the first Wednesday of every month from October through May in nine communities statewide, featuring speakers of national and regional renown. Talks in Rutland are held at Rutland Free Library unless otherwise noted. All First Wednesdays talks are free and open to the public. See the full schedule of Rutland First Wednesdays talks.

The statewide underwriter for the First Wednesdays 2019-2020 series is the Institute of Museum & Library Services through the Vermont Department of Libraries.

“Photography as Social Justice” is underwritten by The Marble Valley Regional Correctional Facility.

Rutland Free Library is sponsored by Friends of Rutland Free Library.

For more information, contact Rutland Free Library at 802.773.1860, or contact the Vermont Humanities Council at 802.262.2626 or , or visit www.vermonthumanities.org.

About Vermont Humanities

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