Kilgore portraits to be displayed at Stephens Gallery

Release Date: 2/2/2009

Clarksville, Ark. --- The University of the Ozarks' Stephens Art Gallery will host the exhibit, Andrew Kilgore: Portraits of Arkansas, throughout the month of February as part of the University's Artist of the Month Series.

The exhibit will run through Feb. 27 in the gallery, located in the Walton Fine Arts Center. The exhibit is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. during the week and there is no charge for admission.

The Portraits of Arkansas exhibit is comprised of selections from the Arkansas Arts Center Foundation Collection. It contains highlights from three photographic series by Kilgore: We Drew a Circle, Fayetteville Townsfolk, and Developing Character at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre. Each of the series provided as intimate glimpse into a community of people within the state of Arkansas.

A native of Charlottesville, Va., Kilgore is a former Protestant minister, Peace Corp volunteer in India, and mobility instructor for blind and disabled children in Texas. He helped develop the photography program at the University of Arkansas in the mid-1970s before becoming a commercial photographer.

Among the special projects Kilgore has done to promote and advocate special segments of society are exhibits honoring mental illness, the elderly, and the homeless. When Arkansas celebrated its Sesquicentennial, Kilgore celebrated Arkansans by photographing people throughout the state. The project culminated in a book called Arkansas People Looking Forward.

Kilgore artwork