MEDFORD’S ‘WHAT HAPPENED?’ IS A HISTORICAL RETROSPECTIVE ON FLOYD COUNTY IN VIRGINIA‘S BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAINS
YADKINVILLE, N.C. – The Yadkin Arts Council to host “What Happened?” – Houck Medford’s Photographic Witness for Floyd County, Virginia in the Welborn Gallery January 5 through February 24. This collection of platinotypes (platinum prints) is presented in partnership with Special Collections & Archives, Z. Smith Reynolds Library, Wake Forest University. Curated by Tsing Liu (’23), Wake Forest University.
Situated on a high plateau adjacent to the Blue Ridge escarpment of Southwest Virginia, Floyd County was officially established in 1831. From the beginning, its economy has been dominated by agriculture. Newcomers and settlers built homes, raised families, attended provincial schools and churches, grew crops, and grazed cattle. But into the 20th century, substantial homes were abandoned leaving the rolling landscape dotted with residences which now no longer have occupants. What happened?
Houck Medford is a native of Waynesville, NC, is a third generation dentist, and a documentary photographer and filmmaker. He attended Wake Forest University and was the first faculty member of the Department of Dentistry at the Wake Forest University Medical Center. In 1997, he created the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation and left the organization in 2010 as CEO Emeritus and Founder. Instilling the power of a well-crafted story from his father and grandfather, he slowly honed the craft of picture making and embraced photography as an art form.. The Houck Medford collection, containing both documentary photographs and artists’ books, is available in Special Collections & Archives at Z. Smith Reynolds Library, Wake Forest University.
Special Collections & Archives Medford Curatorial Associate Tsing Liu is a senior studying Studio Art and Psychology at Wake Forest University. She has an unwavering passion for connecting with fellow creatives, as well as understanding and sharing their storytelling. Her extensive internship experience at commercial and non-profit art galleries and her perspective as a photographer enriches her unique narrative for curating the documentary photographic collections created by Houck Medford.
More About Artist and Exhibit: https://houckmedford.com/project/what-happened/
What: What Happened? Houck Medford’s Photographic Witness for Floyd County, Virginia
When: On Display January 5 – February 24, 2023
Reception: January 13, 2023 (5-7 p.m.) in the Welborn Gallery
Where: Welborn Gallery in the Yadkin Cultural Arts Center at 226 E. Main St., Yadkinville, NC 27055 (open Monday-Friday 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and during special events)
For questions: email email@example.com – or – call 336.679.2941.
Photo Credit: Medford, Houck. 37° 00’ 57.2’’ N, 80° 12’ 31.7’’ W (from What Happened?). 2019, Special Collections & Archives, Z. Smith Reynolds Library, Wake Forest University. Platinotype.
About the Welborn Gallery
The Welborn Gallery is located just outside the Willingham Theater in the Yadkin Cultural Arts Center and features a variety of 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional works of art from local and regional artists alike. Prepare yourself to be transformed by the remarkable artwork featured here for every exhibit
About the Yadkin Arts Council
The Yadkin Arts Council, a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, has a mission to transform the lives in our community through the arts by offering opportunities to encounter, create. We believe art is transformational. Arts open minds, frees imagination, and helps people see the world from different perspectives.
About Z. Smith Reynolds Library, Wake Forest University
The Z. Smith Reynolds Library supports instruction and research for students and faculty in the Undergraduate College, the Wake Forest School of Business, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and the Wake Forest Divinity School. https://zsr.wfu.edu/about/