Asheville's East End, Circa 1968
Black and White Photographs by Andrea Clark
On loan from Pack Memorial Library - Andrea Clark Collection


Andrea Clark is all about community.  Her search for community has taken her many places – Cambridge, Massachusetts, New Orleans, and the Caribbean – before she found her home and roots in Asheville.  Her ongoing work as an activist and caregiver speaks clearly to her need for participation.  Andrea’s photographs of Asheville’s East End Neighborhood have stimulated the collective memory of a long displaced neighborhood, and have sparked discussion on the very nature of progress and community development.

Andrea Clark is also about art.  Growing up in Cambridge she was surrounded by artists, musicians and crafts people, who gave her two gifts: the knowledge that art should be lived, as well as practiced; and close proximity to creative and diverse people that didn’t fit any mold.  It has not been an easy or seamless journey, but art has been her lifelong endeavor.

- Rob Amberg, 2009
Nationally acclaimed local photographer

This collection will be on display January 14 - February 26.

A reception will be held February 11th from 4:00-6:30, with a gallery talk at 5:00 p.m.

News Release

Special Collections: Housing Authority of the City of Asheville

Artist's Statement

“I knew that something worthwhile would happen with these photographs one day.  I didn’t realize how important this Asheville collection was going to become to me and the community.  I’m very grateful that the photographs have been saved for all to see.  This work, documenting a part of the Black community and its history, will be preserved and for that I am very happy.  Remembering our history is so important.  That’s how we honor people.  That’s how we stay connected.”

- Andrea Clark, January 2009




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