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Kerry Stuart Coppin



People and Places Revealed:
The Documentary Photography of Kerry Stuart Coppin and Amanda McCadams

  • January 14 - February 14
  • Reception: Thursday, January 17 from 6 to 8 p.m. Gallery Lounge
  • Music by Matthew Watt
  • Gallery Talk: Vince Palacios at 7 p.m.


People and Places Revealed: The Documentary Photography of Kerry Stuart Coppin and Amanda McCadams” will be on display from January 14 through February 14 at the Parkland Art Gallery. An artists’ reception on Thursday, January 17 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the gallery lounge will offer a great opportunity to view the artists’ work as well as hear McCadams speak about her work. Refreshments will be provided, with live music by Matthew Watt.

This exhibit investigates photography as a means to understanding oneself and others. McCadams, while working in Cuba on a U.S. research visa in 2005, visited eight provinces and photographed in over 30 museums. “I documented an immense amount of subject matter, resulting in a unique perspective of a country that is narrowly understood by Americans,” she said. McCadams said her images “represent a collection of all types of museums: war, maritime, provincial, natural history, hero birthplaces, rum, tobacco, religious, music, and many others. These museums offer a form of truth gained from unmediated vision. Stories are told through narratives constructed by curators and displays; objects are assembled to make statements. The huge sampling of information I made allows me to construct a visual narrative that is a metaphor for the ideas that sculpt the growth of Cuba.” McCadams earned her MFA in photography at University of Georgia and her BS in photography and Spanish from Middle Tennessee State University. She lives and works in Nashville, Tennessee, where she teaches at Watkins College of Art & Design.

Coppin, professor of art and African studies at Brown University, will display photos from urban West Africa and the Diaspora. His aim is “to pursue visual interpretation of the Black urban experience in Africa, as it may be used to shape a reinterpretation of our understanding of the African continent and its rich potential. We may choose to allow language or allow culture, national borders, and economic and political systems of government to separate and alienate us. Or, we can choose to use all the systems of contemporary society/post-modern world, including systems of art, as tools to forge unions between the many diverse and disparate communities of African descent in the New World, and around the globe. My visual research – humanistic photography – is an attempt to use artistic discipline to provoke and inspire a meaningful dialogue aimed at change: to change the perception of Africa, her people, countries, and communities, around the globe, as a means to creating physical, spiritual, social, political, and economic change.”

Parkland’s lecture series continues this semester with Ms. McCadams’ speaking in depth about her work on Thursday, January 17 at 2:30 p.m. in the Parkland Art Gallery. Also, Ibrahima Ndoye, professor of Humanities and Foreign Language at Parkland College, will speak about the study abroad program to Senegal that takes place this summer through Parkland College. Participants can earn six hours of college credit on location in Senegal with HUM 104, Islamic Culture and Civilization, and HUM 105, Cultures and Civilization of Africa.

Programs at the Parkland Art Gallery are partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency. These events are free and open to the public. Parkland is a section 504/ADA-compliant institution. For accommodation, call 217/351-2551.

Parkland Art Gallery is located at 2400 West Bradley Avenue, Champaign, Illinois. For more information please call gallery office at217/351-2485 or visit Gallery Hours are Monday–Friday, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Monday–Thursday, 6 - 8 p.m., and Saturday, 12 noon - 2 p.m. The gallery will be closed on Monday, January 21 for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

To find the gallery when classes are in session, we suggest using the M6 parking lot on the north corner of the campus. Enter through any door and follow the ramps uphill to the highest point of the first floor, where the gallery is located. The gallery windows overlook the outdoor fountain area.


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