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University Of Virginia Exhibits Photographs Of Shenandoah National Park In Newcomb Hall Art Gallery

September 15, 2003 -- The Artspace committee of University Programs Council is pleased to announce an exhibition of 30 selenium-toned black-and-white photographs by Virginia native Hullihen Williams Moore. The exhibition, in the Newcomb Hall Art Gallery, will be on view through Sunday, Nov. 2.

The show, “Shenandoah: Views of Our National Park, Photographs by Hullihen Williams Moore,” is a testament to the beauty of the park and to its changing image over time.

Moore has been making photographs since high school. In college at Washington and Lee University, he continued his hobby, often traveling into the mountains to photograph the scenery.

In the 1970s, Moore bought his first view camera. He later studied with Ansel Adams in Yosemite National Park. In addition, he studied landscape photography and fine print-making with noted landscape photographers John Sexton and Phillip Hyde.

The photographs in the exhibit convey a sense of personal and natural history on many levels. First, and most evident, is the photographer’s record of his visual and emotional relationship with the landscape. He returned to Shenandoah Park, year after year, on journeys-of-discovery and reconsideration, seeking the new, yet always returning to the old. He documented change — both growth and destruction. Floods, harsh winters, barren summers, and years of plenty work to keep the forest in a continual cycle of transformation. Moore captures the ongoing biography of this very particular place.

Eileen Mott, coordinator of statewide exhibitions at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, says of Moore’s work: “At a cursory glance, Moore’s work may appear to be simply beautiful images of trees, flowers and the occasional waterfall. A moment’s investigation, however, discloses the artist’s ability to move beyond the documentary to what photographer and critic Robert Adams calls ‘The second that looks inexplicably right.’”

“With patience and the ability to perceive the most compelling viewpoint of angle, the richest light, the strongest shadow, Moore captures the significance of a place in a way that makes us look beyond the particular,” says Mott. “He makes intelligible to us that which we already know, but have forgotten or overlooked.”

The Office of Statewide Partnerships of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts organized the exhibit with support from Philip Morris U.S.A. and the Council of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

There will be a gallery reception celebrating the exhibit and the release of Moore’s book, “Shenandoah: Views of Our National Park,” on Sunday, Oct. 19, from 2–4 p.m. For additional information, contact Amanda Berlin at (434) 924-3286 or aberlin@virginia.edu. For information regarding the book, contact Trish Downey Phipps at (434) 982-2932 or visit the University of Virginia Press Web site at www.upress.virginia.edu.

Contact: Amanda Berlin, (434) 982-2932

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Contact the Office of University Relations at (434) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (434) 924-7550.

SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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