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Melinda Eckley, Children of War (2007-2009), detail of installation, string, pins, newspaper

Affiliated Events:
Sunday, November 8
3:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Closing Day Events
 Silent Auction begins
Duehr, Tant, Tate, Ralston, Peterson & Porterfield works for amazing prices!

3:00 p.m.
UGA New Media Institute
News Media in the Digital Age
Technology Saving Journalism:
There's an App for that

Scott Shamp -- Director
Claire Rock -- NMI Certificate Student
Kiley Dorton -- Grady Graduate Student

3:30 p.m.
State of Print Panel Discussion
An open-forum discussion on the current state of the
American print industry with:
- Jim Auchmutey, a twenty year veteran of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution
- Christina Cotter, Managing editor at Flagpole Magazine
- John English, freelance journalist and UGA Journalism Prof, Emeritus
- Barry Hollander, Associate Prof., UGA Grady School of Journalism
- Jim Thompson, Editorial Editor, Athens Banner Herald
+ Other representatives from our local news media TBA

F Peterson
Artists' Panel Discussion
Moderated by curator Allie Goolrick
&  Director Lizzie Zucker Saltz
- Featured artist Kathryn Refi
- Franklynn Peterson, visiting photographer from Wisconsin,
- Local photographers:
  Wayne Bellamy & Ed Tant
- Conceptual artist John English

5:30- 6:00 p,m,
Closing Reception
Closing Reception
- with refreshments
- End of Silent Auction

(Donations appreciated.)


Past Affiliated Events
Saturday, September 19
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Opening Reception
With refreshments by
White Tiger Gourmet

Thursday, October 1
7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Curator & Artists'
Walk & Talk

Curator Allie Goolrick and UGA
Grady Journalism Prof. Emeritus John English will talk informally about the exhibition. Also on hand will be featured artist Kathryn Refi and local artists Marie Porterfield, Wayne Bellamy and Ed Tant.

Saturday, October 17
5:00 - 6:30 p.m.

Rock Reporting in the Digital Age

For musicians & aspiring journalists
$3.00 - $6.00 (suggested donation, no one turned away for lack of funds)
A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Jon Guthrie Memorial Fund.
- Read more in Flagpole!
With refreshments to follow by
 Trumps Catering
White Tiger Gourmet
Michelle Gilzenrat
Music Editor at Flagpole Magazine
Steve LaBate
Associate Editor of Paste magazine
Julie Phillips
Features Editor at the Athens Banner-Herald
Alec Wooden
Editor of Blur
Allison Weiss
Local DIY singer-songwriter

Saturday October 17
7:30 - 9:30 p.m.

Singing the News
Dodd Ferrelle
Betsy Franck
Heather Heyn
Bart King
Kate Morrissey
Hardy Morris

Davey Wrathgabar
-Plus other special guests TBA
$9.00 - $13.00 (suggested donation, no one turned away for lack of funds.
A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Jon Guthrie Memorial Fund.

Some real gems of the Athens' music scene are joining forces to sing you
songs about the news, the media and everything in between. The artists, from a broad range of musical styles, will each perform a few songs; including at least one cover or original that addresses the media and how it shapes our everyday lives.

Read more in Flagpole!

Friday October 23
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
A VOX Reading Series Event
Head Lines: News-themed Stories & Poems
| Short Readings 10 min. or less
  by award winning local writers
| Intermission with Refreshments

Weaver Dee's & Jittery Joes
Erin Christian
John English
Jeff Fallis
Michael Ford
Matt Forsythe
Andy Frazee
Kyle Garrett
Nicole Higgins

Organized by Andy Frazee, Matt Forsythe & Ida Stewart

$3.00 - $6.00 (suggested donation, no one turned away for lack of funds.)

Saturday, September 19th, 2009 - Sunday, November 8th, 2009
Free Press in Free Fall
Curator: Allie Goolrick
Exhibit Photo
Exhibit Photo
Gary Duehr, cell (2005-2009), detail from 15 image series, test by artist, pigment prints on somerset velvet watercolor paper Kathryn Refi, All Things Considered (2007-2008), detail of DC & NYC 12 image series, acid-free stickers on paper
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  • Almost daily we hear about another round of newspaper layoffs, another venerated publication on the brink of bankruptcy or another small town paper ceasing production altogether. In the digital age, while newspapers are incapable of competing with the web's low cost and efficiency, fears of the death of print run rampant--despite boomers' clinging nostalgia for their morning paper over cereal.

    Jordan Tate, Breaking News (2006),
    altered newspapers in wire racks
    Obviously the internet has drastically changed the way that media outlets disseminate information, as well as the way we as a public access that information and how we respond to it. On the surface, the ability for people to engage actively in a dialogue with the media appears to be the pinnacle of what it to means a “public”—or belong to a democracy where citizens can make their voices heard, inspire action and change and hold leaders--and the media--accountable. So why is it that in a media-saturated world, many feel that we’re privy to less information, less 'news?'

    Ed Tant, Protestors in Handcuffs (2004),
    digital scan of color photo print

    The artwork in Free Press in Free Fall asks how we--as citizens of the digital age-- engage responsibly in a dialogue with our press? How do we encourage correct, expansive, or less biased coverage? And when the media fails us, how do we bridge the gap? When faced with an economic crisis, major media outlets are faced with tough choices: Give the public what it needs, or what it wants?

    These 13 North American artists employ a variety of media and approaches to address the current state of the American news media and its role in a rapidly changing society. Their artworks encourage viewers to ponder not only recent shifts in the news media industry, but also what role the public plays in news making and how much influence the public has on the news.

    Detaill of US map from Kathryn Refi's Things Considered (2007-2008),

    Featured artist Kathryn Refi's compelling work All Things Considered (2007-2008), explores the reach of global coverage by the titular NPR morning news show. Refi listened daily to the first hour of the news program, carefully noted the places covered and then transferred their geographical locations to blank white paper with small adhesive red dots. What emerges are 12 world maps that subtly show not only which areas are covered the most prominently, but which areas are left blank, left uncovered.
    • For a video interview with the artist at Solomon Projects in Fall 2008
    click here.

    Participating Artists
    Wayne Bellamy (Athens, GA), Gary Duehr (Somerville, MA), Melinda Eckley (Jackson, TN), John English (Athens, GA), M. Ho (University Park, MD), Franklynn Peterson (Madison, WI), Marie Porterfield (Athens, GA), Phil Ralston (Atlanta, GA), Kathryn Refi (Athens, GA), Hannah Lamar Simmons (Carrboro, NC), Ed Tant (Athens, GA), Jordan Tate (Calgary, Canada), Michael Thomas Vassallo (Philadelphia, PA)

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