20th Anniversary Appalachian Mountain Photography Celebration
Mar 3 - Jun 3
In honor of the Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition’s (AMPC) 20th Anniversary, University Recreation, in partnership with the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts at Appalachian State and Virtual Blue Ridge, is hosting six Appalachian photographers in this year’s anniversary invitational exhibition.
The six invited artists will exhibit images that both celebrate the 20-year history of the exhibition as well as represent future possibilities for the competition and the expansion of Appalachian visual narratives. Three have been a part of AMPC in the past and three are new artists who are contributing to the conversation of photography in Appalachia in meaningful ways that deepen the on-going visual conversation about place, community, and regional identity.
The AMPC exhibition is hosted in conjunction with the BANFF Film Festival at Appalachian State University.
The Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition is made possible through the generous sponsorship of the Mast General Store. Additional support comes from Appalachian Voices, Bistro Roca, the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, Footsloggers Outfitters, Peabody’s Wine & Beer Merchants, Stick Boy Bread Company, and Smoky Mountain Living. Visit the AMPC website for more information: www.appmtnphotocomp.org
The competition format will resume for the 21st AMPC with an open call for submissions in the fall of 2023.
Friday, March 3, 2023 Spring Exhibition Celebration: Opening reception – 5 – 9 pm
Saturday April 1, 2023 – As part of the 20th AMPC anniversary celebrations, there will be public programming at the Turchin Center that will highlight the history of the AMPC programming in Boone as well as showcase current topics explored by Appalachian photographers. Events include:
Celebrating Appalachian Photography: Panel discussion with exhibiting artists – 12- 1 pm
Portfolio Walkthrough: Open to participants from the 18 & 19th Annual AMPC Competitions – 1:30 – 3 pm. For more information about this opportunity and to sign up, please register here
Documentary screening of Portraits and Dreams by Wendy Ewald – 3:00 – 4:00 pm
AMPC Private Reception – 4 – 6 pm
About the Artists
Celebrating the 20-year history of the exhibition, artists Jessica Maceda, Byron Tenesaca-Guaman, and Alicia Green will be welcomed back to the AMPC to share their work.
Jessica Maceda will share images, spanning more than a decade, documenting the landscapes of the area through the lens of a local community member.
Byron Tenesaca-Guaman’s work highlights the “system of reciprocity that exists between humans and the mountains” in his homes of an ancestral community in the Ecuadorian Andes and the Cherokee Mountains of Southern Appalachia (http://byron-tenesaca.com/).
Through candid portraits and action photography, Alicia Green’s work uplifts the local skater scene.
Representing the future possibilities of the competition and expanding Appalachian narratives, artists Raymond Thompson Jr., Ant M. Lobo, and Wendy Ewald have been invited to share their work.
In his series, Appalachian Ghosts, Raymond Thompson Jr. “recontextualizes and re-presents archival photographs” documenting the construction of Hawks Nest Tunnel, built “to divert the New River near Fayetteville, WV,” and brings forth the importance of African-American narratives.
Ant M. Lobo’s work shares intimate photographs and writings that share their experience revisiting Black Mountain College’s Lake Eden campus.
Artist and educator Wendy Ewald will be exhibiting images from her series, Portraits and Dreams, which offers a unique methodology for empowering communities to tell their own stories through work created by her students in Letcher County, KY.
- Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition, https://www.appmtnphotocomp.org/
- Jessica Maceda, https://wayfaringwanderer.com/
- Byron Tenesaca, http://byron-tenesaca.com/
- Alicia Green, https://www.eddylinecreative.com/
- Raymond Thompson Jr., http://www.raymondthompsonjr.com/
- Ant M. Lobo, https://www.antmlobo.com/
- Wendy Ewald, https://wendyewald.com/