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Murray Art Guild Presents "Visual Evidence" and Caregiving Photography

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

Murray Art Guild hosts their 27th annual exhibition of work by local artists in "Visual Evidence," which opens in conjunction with the Community Art Hop this April. The Guild's Executive Director Debi Danielson stops by Sounds Good to speak with Kate about the competition and about her own exhibit on display March 6 of photography related to the "Art of Caregiving" project organized by Constance Alexander.

Visual Evidence is a regional juried competition in its 27th year open to all artists over 18 years of age in all mediums: painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, photography, jewelry, etc. Shannon Duffy of the Murray State University Art Department is the juror. She'll jury the work via digital entry, via cd or email. Deadline is March 5.

Details at Murray Art Guild's website

The exhibit opens on April 18 in conjunction with the Community Art Hop. The Guild will rent buses from Murray Transit and will run a route from Murray State to the Art Guild to the Miller Center from 6 to 9 p.m. Artwork from Calloway County students will be featured at the Guild, Murray State will include work from OMAS and BFA students, and the Miller Center showcases Visual Evidence.

On March 6, Debi Danielson features her worn work of photography, in conjunction with Constance Alexander's "The Art of Caregiving" project, using arts to bring awareness or focus to elderly people and their caregivers. Danielson says she took the opportunity to do documentary work with a social consciousness edge do it. The exhibit is 17 black and white photos taken over eight or nine months. She contacted friends who were caregivers and spent the day with them at work.

Danielson says, "I wasn't interested in any heroic ideas of caregiving, but what I was interested in is the every day sense of caring. And at first when I went into it I thought there would be some opportunity for a sense of dignity in that and I've changed my ideas a lot. I'm not sure there's a lot of dignity in aging, but there are a lot of other amazing things: personal care, joy. There's great sadness, but it's beautiful."

Matt Markgraf joined the WKMS team as a student in January 2007. He's served in a variety of roles over the years: as News Director March 2016-September 2019 and previously as the New Media & Promotions Coordinator beginning in 2011. Prior to that, he was a graduate and undergraduate assistant. He is currently the host of the international music show Imported on Sunday nights at 10 p.m.
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