Oct. 5, 2012
Contact: Chloe Kennedy, News and New Media Writer
Photos by Ginger Frye, a photographer and Maryville College alumna, are on display in the Clayton Center for the Arts’ Blackberry Farm Gallery through Oct. 26.
An artist reception will be held on Fri., Oct. 26 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m., in conjunction with the Last Friday ArtWalk.
Frye primarily works in photographic portraiture and enjoys exploring the nature of identity in her art. After graduating from Maryville College in 2007, Frye, who is originally from Memphis, moved to Louisville, Ky., to work as a studio photographer. She later returned to Memphis, where she earned her master of fine arts in photography from the University of Memphis in May 2012.
Her current series depicts the interplay of time, memory and shared testimonies that form familial and personal identity. After her grandfather underwent two major heart surgeries, Frye said she became aware of the transient and precious nature of life and began photographing her grandfather bare-chested to showcase his physical burdens and personal history. Her photography “contemplates how age and trauma may shape the human form, as well as the invaluable influence of family heritage on an individual’s identity,” according to her artist statement.
“Through the process of photographing my grandfather, I have come to know him much better than I did as a child and adolescent,” Frye said. “I have found eccentricities about myself that I share in common only with him.”
The exhibit is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state‘s third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for its academic rigor and its focus on the liberal arts, Maryville is where students come to stretch their minds, stretch themselves and learn how to make a difference in the world. Total enrollment for the fall 2012 semester was 1,093.