“Finding Mississippi” by Betty Press on view at SRO Photo Gallery January 18 – February 18, 2018

Landmark Arts at the Texas Tech University School of Art presents Finding Mississippi by Betty Press, the fifth exhibition in the 2017-2018 SRO Photo Gallery Exhibition Series. Finding Mississippi will be on view January 18 – February 18, 2018. The exhibition is free and open to the public.

Betty Press, Two School Chairs, Black Hawk (2014), Gelatin Silver Print, 24 x 20 inches.

For Finding Mississippi, Press documents the Southern black and white experience. She explores the rural and agricultural state of Mississippi through a series of road trips, visiting small communities listed in the Mississippi Atlas & Gazetteer and attending festivals.

Betty Press, Fishing Trip with grandmother, Rolling Fork (2010), Gelatin Silver Print, 20 x 16 inches.

Press works with black and white film in plastic and old cameras, to capture evidence of the past with cameras used in the past.

Betty Press, Pig Races, Juke Joint Festival, Clarksdale (2010), Gelatin Silver Print, 20 x 16 inches.

Betty Press received a statewide award in photography in 2012 from the Mississippi Institute of Arts & Letters, and a Mississippi Visual Artist Grant in 2013. Her photographs have been widely exhibited and collected, as well as selected for many juried competitions. In 2015, her Mississippi photographs were added to the collections of the Mississippi Museum of Art and The Do Good Fund (Southern Photography Initiative).

The Landmark Arts SRO Photo Gallery is located in the Sub-basement of the Texas Tech School of Art Building. The Art Building is located at 3010 18th Street (near the corner of 18th Street and Flint Ave). Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Sunday 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. On weekdays, paid parking is available on the fourth floor of the Flint Avenue parking facility. Parking is free on weekends. Admission to the School of Art Galleries is free. Email srophotogallery.art@ttu.edu or visit www.srophotogallery.org for more information.

Landmark Arts exhibitions and speaker programs in the Texas Tech University School of Art are made possible in part with a generous grant from the Helen Jones Foundation of Lubbock. Additionally, we thank the J.T. and Margaret Talkington College of Visual and Performing Arts, our Dean, Noel Zahler, for the support provided for programs in the School of Art.

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