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Pulitzer nominee will judge RAL photo show

Award-winning photographer, educator and author Phillip C. Dunn will judge the upcoming RAL Art Center’s annual Photography Show.

Dunn will reveal the winners, comment on the entries and field audience questions about photography at the First Friday reception from 5-7 p.m. October 4 at the RAL Art Center, 19 North Main Street, Kilmarnock, reported photography group go-leader Micki Clay.

Dunn’s Pulitzer-nominated book, A True Likeness: The Black South of Richard Samuel Roberts, 1920-1936, is a collection of Roberts’ portraits that establish the existence of a thriving black middle class in Columbia, S.C., in the1920s, said Clay. Dunn developed 4,000 glass negatives the Roberts’ family carefully stored for decades. Originally published in 1986, a new edition was released in July.

As chairman and distinguished professor of art at the University of South Carolina (USC), Dunn won numerous education awards, including National Educator of the Year, completed major commissions for USC, and served as artist-in-residence at USC-Beaufort, she said.

Dunn and his wife, Joan, now live in Mathews where they have a sales gallery and studio. He formed the Mathews Camera Club to bring area photographers of all levels together and offers digital photography workshops and mentoring services.

He is compiling a body of work based on the Virginia coastline. The RAL Art Center is pleased that Dr. Dunn will offer photography workshops at the Art Center in 2020, added Clay.

The public is urged to visit the show as well as the reception, where they can meet Dunn, congratulate the winners and enjoy wine, beer and hors d’oeuvres.

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