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This exhibition features the work of emeritus faculty Mary Ruth Moore, who has taught at the University of Georgia for over forty years. Moore‘s work is inspired by the history that surrounds her in the rolling hills of the Georgia Piedmont, south of Athens near the community of Watkinsville: the Civil War, old cemeteries, the family home place, found bottles, and by the places she has spent time photographing such as Cumberland Island, Georgia, and Cortona, Italy, where she taught for ten summers in the University's study abroad program. She has spent much of her career working with a pinhole camera, experimenting with representations of light.
Long a beloved professor at the Dodd, Moore thinks of herself more as a teacher than a photographer. “I never would say I’m a photographer,” Moore says. “I’d say I’m a teacher. I don’t think of myself as a photographer. I think of myself as a person who’s lived a rich long life, and I do photography.” But while trying to maintain that distinction, she recognizes that there is a “symbiotic relationship” between her teaching and her photography. “I keep on doing my art, which now is photography, and it works out beautifully because that’s what I teach. I just always think of myself that way.”
Join us in thanking and celebrating Mary Ruth Moore on Saturday, August 19, 2017 from 5:00–7:00 pm.