Without Regard to Sex, Race, or Color: The Past, Present, and Future of One Historically Black College Photographs by Andrew Feiler opens in Savannah, as part of the Savannah Black Heritage Festival, on Sunday, January 31, 2016, 3pm – 5pm at the Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum, 460 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. The work is documentary artistic photography of a proud past, a challenging present and an uncertain future for Morris Brown College, founded in Atlanta, Georgia in 1881.
A large bell hangs in the clock tower overlooking the now quiet campus of Morris Brown College. Its inscription reads, in part, Dedicated to the Education of Youth, Without Regard to Sex, Race or Color. Founded by African Americans in 1881, Morris Brown lost its accreditation to financial pressures and scandal in 2002. Today its campus is largely abandoned.
Andrew Feiler was granted unique access to Morris Brown’s hauntingly silent campus. His documentary artistic photography portrays a proud past, a challenging present and an uncertain future, not only for this one institution but for all of America’s historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). More broadly, this work offers a new way into the debate raging in our society about the essential role education has played as the foundation of the American Dream. That tradition and legacy are now at risk. Too many Americans can not afford to go to college. Too many Americans are being crushed by college debt. Too many of these American dreams cannot be fully realized.
A book of this work has just been published by the University of Georgia Press in association with the Georgia Humanities Council. This publication includes ten historical images, sixty contemporary images and essays by Robert E. James, Pellom McDaniels III, Amalia K. Amaki, and Loretta Parham.
About the Artist: Andrew Feiler is a fifth-generation Georgian. Having grown up Jewish in Savannah, he and his art have been shaped by the rich complexities of the American South and of being a minority in the South: history and culture, geography and race, tradition and conflict, injustice and progress. Andrew’s photographs have won numerous awards. His work has been featured in museums, galleries, and magazines and is in a number of private collections. He earned his master’s in American history from Oxford University and his master’s in business administration from Stanford University. More of his photography can be seen at andrewfeiler.com.
Join us for the Exhibit Opening, Artist Talk and Book Signing Sunday, January 31, 2016 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m .at the Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum, 460 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Savannah, Ga. 912-777-6099