2011-2012 Photo Contest
Living Legacies: Capturing the Scenic Beauty of Tennessee's Civil War Heritage
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Scenic Tennessee's 2011-2012 photo contest, cosponsored by the Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area (www.tncivilwar.org), honors the 150th anniversary (1861-1865) of the American Civil War in Tennessee. The objectives of this contest were to:
- Commemorate the sesquicentennial anniversary of the American Civil War across the state of Tennessee.
- Help tell Tennessee’s full Civil War story, by capturing its military, homefront, occupation and emancipation landscapes.
- Showcase the photographer’s art in framing, interpreting and deepening our understanding of those places and those times.
In addition to thanking our friends at the Heritage Center of Murfreesboro and Rutherford County for hosting the judging, printing and framing the photos and hanging the exhibit, we'd like to thank the judges themselves:
- Dr. Spurgeon King, Associate Director, Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area
- Robin Conover, editor and photojournalist, The Tennessee Magazine
- Mack Prichard, Tennessee State Naturalist Emeritus
Check back here periodically for notices on our next contest, on the theme of Tennessee's scenic wildlife. We should be announcing it in the spring of 2013.
TRAVELING EXHIBIT NOW AVAILABLE!
Heritage Center exhibit opening and awards presentation, June 21, 2012.
Top photographers on hand for the June 21 exhibit opening, L to R:
Tasha Hoadley, Tyler Hall, Mary Rice, Rachel Melton, Jacob Grant Harris (front),
Robert Melgar (rear), Matthew Farris, Gretchen Dunham, Jennifer Butt
Amy Costine, a graduate assistant at the Center for Historic Preservation at Middle Tennessee State University, curated the exhibit of twenty-two 16" x 20" framed photos. This exhibit is available, with or without customized display easels, to public venues across the state. There is no charge to reserve the exhibit, though venues are usually asked to pay transportation costs to the next exhibit site. For more information, to reserve the exhibit for up to three months or to make a donation toward exhibit costs, contact Marge Davis at (615) 758-8647 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
EXHIBIT SCHEDULE (AS OF 2-17-2013)
Opening and closing days may be inexact; we suggest you contact the venue beforehand. Please check back to see additional venues as they are added.
June-July-August 2012: Heritage Center of Murfreesboro and Rutherford County. 225 West College Street, Murfreesboro, TN 37129. Free. Monday-Friday 10am - 3pm. For more information, (615) 217-8475 or www.hcmrc.org.
September-October-November 2012: Morton Museum of Collierville History. 196 Main Street, Collierville, TN 38017 (Poplar Avenue at Main Street). Free. Wednesday-Friday 10am – 4pm; Saturday 1pm-5pm; closed Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and holidays. For more information, (901) 457-2200 or http://colliervillemuseum.net.
March-April-May 2013: Montgomery County Public Library. First floor alcove, 350 Pageant Lane, Clarksville, TN 37040. Free. Monday-Thursday 9am - 8pm; Friday-Saturday 9am - 6pm; Sunday 1pm - 5pm. For more information: (931) 648-8826.
June-July-August 2013: Obion County Public Library. 1221 East Reelfoot Avenue, Union City, TN 38261. Free. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 9am - 7:30pm; Wednesday 9am - 6pm; Friday 9am - 5pm; Saturday 9am - 3:30pm; Sunday closed. For more information: (731) 885-7000 or http://oclibrary.org.
September-October-November 2013: Abraham Lincoln Museum at Lincoln Memorial University. 16965 Cumberland Gap Parkway, Harrogate, TN 37752. Admission: Adults $5 (10 or more, $3.50); Seniors (60+) $3.50; Under 12 $3 (10 or more $2). For more information: (423) 869-6235 or www.lmunet.edu/museum/general.
March-April-May 2014: Paul Meek Library, University of Tennessee at Martin. 10 Wayne Fisher Drive, Martin, TN 38238. Free. Monday-Friday 7:30am - midnight; Saturday noon to 5pm; Sunday 2pm - midnight. For more information: (731) 881-7060 or www.utm.edu/library.php.
The two images in this special category (included in the photo exhibit) help tell a story that is almost as vital as the story of the war itself: They embody the challenges facing Civil War sites and structures threatened by everything from termites to urban sprawl.
In all the years of Scenic Tennesseee photo contests, no subject has evoked the intensity of personal narratives as the Tennessee Civil War. Entrant after entrant shared more than just photographs: They shared family histories, genealogical data, military documentation, even original poetry. So striking was this outpouring that we decided to include a sample of them here. Though not part of the traveling exhibit, these images are well worth reviewing as much for their emotional qualities as for their scenic ones.