Visual representation of Appalachia featured in opening exhibition

September 6, 2017
Roger May Aunt Rita
May's Aunt Rita on the King Coal Highway, Mingo County, West Virginia.

The photography of Roger May, an Appalachian American photographer and writer based in Charleston, W.Va., is on display through Nov. 11 in Clarion University Art Gallery on level A of Carlson Library.

An opening reception with May is planned for 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 3, followed by a lecture by May at 7 p.m. All events are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are: Noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday; noon to 3 p.m. Wednesday; and 1 to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

May was born in the Tug River Valley, located on the West Virginia and Kentucky state line, in the heart of Hatfield and McCoy country. His photographs, essays and interviews have been published by The New York Times, The Guardian, The Atlantic, Al Jazeera America, National Geographic, The Oxford American, Le Monde diplomatique, Photo District News and others. In February 2014, he started the crowdsourced Looking at Appalachia project. He blogs at Walk Your Camera.

The exhibition is sponsored by the Mary L. Seifert Cultural Series, the Department of Visual and Performing Arts, and the College of Arts, Education and Sciences.

Last Updated 9/6/17