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I am very excited to be awarded a 2020 Art Ventures grant by The Community Foundation for North East Florida. The Foundation is celebrating 30 years of investing in the culture of our community and this is my third time as a grant recipient.
The project being funded is a photographic examination of Lincolnville, a historic neighborhood in St. Augustine where I have lived since the 1990’s. This was a period of significant change in Lincolnville, an African American community founded by freed slaves in 1888. I will be culling through an archive of hundreds of film negatives of Lincolnville to create an exhibition. Images include portraits of houses, windowsills, streetscapes, laundry lines and public spaces. There are no people, only evidence of them. The exhibit will be hosted by The Lincolnville Museum and Cultural Center in their renovated galleries in 2021.
I am very appreciative of all the support the Community Foundation has given me over the years. The Art Ventures program, which is their oldest fund, has allowed me to fully realize photographic projects like Hidden Florida and Hidden Lightner, which were important steps in my life as an artist.
I look forward working with the Museum and Foundation to the create Lincolnville Through Time, a project that has been patiently waiting to happen.
Christmas Tree, Riberia St. , 1995 Toys on Clothes Line, 1993