Mend by Courtney McDaniel
ON EXHIBIT: July 1st - July 30th, 2018 on the main floor of Ramsey Library.
Art has always served as my preferred form of self-expression. As a quiet, introverted person, I find it easier to convey my thoughts and ideas through creating artwork. It also serves a method for communicating, not only with others, but with myself as well. Through my development as an artist, I have adapted to using art as a way to work through difficult experiences and emotions. Painting has allowed me to harness my emotions and release them through layers, textures, motions, and the overall art making process. Art making has become my own way of mending the “broken” parts of my life in order to move forward in a more positive mindset. This body of work is an embodiment of that as it shows an amalgamation of my work over the years.
Special Collections recently added the Isaiah Rice Photograph Collection to our archives. Containing over 1,000 images taken by Isaiah Rice, the collection documents Asheville’s African American community from the 1950s through the 1970s. The collection was officially unveiled on October 23 at the second annual African Americans in Western North Carolina Conference at UNC Asheville.
Asheville native Isaiah Rice (1917-80), a World War II veteran, was active in community and civic affairs. He was a recreation supervisor at the Burton Street Community Center in his neighborhood, and served on the Asheville-Buncombe Community Relations Council. He was employed as a warehouseman and beverage salesman for 40 years. He often carried one of his many cameras, seizing countless opportunities to capture his family, neighbors, and community members on film. He photographed people at church, his neighbors and friends as they gathered for social events, folks attending parades and football games, as well as many scenes of people working and going about their business in downtown Asheville. His photos document a thriving African American community in urban Asheville during the mid 20th century.