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Southern Documentary Fund

Posted on December 24, 2017

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I am thrilled to report that Cumberland Folklife has been accepted into the Southern Documentary Fund’s fiscal sponsorship program. Thanks for welcoming us to the family, SDF!

Cumberland Folklife

Posted on December 24, 2017

I’m pleased to announce that we have a new trailer website for the Cumberland Folklife series of documentary films. Check it out! www.cumberlandfolklife.com

I am directing these films, which are currently entering the post-production phase. This website was designed by my co-producer Kyle Wilkinson. This is just a little preview…

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Down the Valley

Posted on December 24, 2017

The Down the Valley exhibit is up! My photographs of Appalachian folk artists and musicians are showcased alongside traditional hand-crafts made by local practitioners. The show will be on display at Lincoln Memorial University’s Art Center in Cumberland Gap, TN June-August 2017. An opening reception will take place on Saturday, June 3 from 6-8pm, with a not-to-be-missed musical performance from Vic Graves at 7pm. 

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Rachel Boillot photograph of artist Buddy Wood, from Down the Valley exhibit

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I’m also proud to have included the artwork of my students at LMU. Using grant funds from the NEA, I created a series of apprenticeships between college students and local folk artists. The work of these students and their mentors are on display together in Down the Valley.

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Down the Valley installation shot

And what happens when the vinyl doesn’t arrive on time? You paint an old piece of barnwood, of course!

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Installation shot, Rachel Boillot photograph of musician Curtis Byrge, from Down the Valley exhibit

16x20” Archival Pigment Print

Halsey

Posted on March 14, 2017

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I’ll be giving a talk at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art in Charleston, SC on April 27 as part of their “Meet the Maker” lecture series. Please join if you happen to be in the area! Event details here.

Bascom

Posted on March 13, 2017

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A series of photographs from my Despues Del Dia series is currently on display at The Bascom Center for Visual Arts in Highlands, NC. Click here for more information on the exhibit, which is titled North Carolina: A Sense of Home. I’ll also be speaking about my work on May 12 if you are in the area!

The Cumberland Gap Folklife Project

Posted on March 13, 2017

I’m thrilled to report that I now direct the Cumberland Gap Folklife Project. Generously funded by the Tennessee Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts, this project will result in new photographs, a documentary film series, an exhibit, apprenticeships and internships for artists, new programming at the annual White Lightning Trail Festival, and much more! Check out the project website for updates. Somehow I’ve made the plunge from making still photographs to moving images!

Southern Accent

Posted on March 13, 2017

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I’m proud to have work from my Post Script series included in the landmark exhibition Southern Accent which debuted at the Nasher Museum of Art this past August. An attendant exhibit catalog provides further context and insights. I encourage anyone interested in art and the South to check out either the show or book! Curators Trevor Schoonmaker and Miranda Lash did a superb job.
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The show travels next to the Speed Art Museum in Louisville, Kentucky. For further details, check out the Speed’s website.
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The exhibit was recently featured in the Oxford American, as well as a great many other publications.

AFS

Posted on October 01, 2016

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I’ll be presenting at the American Folklore Society’s conference in Miami this month! Please join me if you are in the area. I’ll be discussing my ongoing body of work Silent Ballad in the context of a forum on The Unfinished Story. This will be a very raw look at work in progress which will also probe deeper questions about the very process of art-making. Please join me on October 19 at the Hyatt Regency if you happen to be in the area. Click here for event details.