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Exhibition highlights local music legend Blind Willie McTell

“Blind Willie McTell: A Statesboro Legacy” features information and research on the history of Statesboro and local legend Blind Willie McTell—his impact on early rhythm and blues music and his connection to the community.

As the Downtown Statesboro area is currently undergoing revitalization, this exhibit represents an extremely relevant topic in the local community. The exhibition was curated by graduate student, Megan Winters to promote the importance of preserving local history through Public History. The exhibition will display her research and efforts toward her Non-Thesis Project for the Graduate Certificate in Public History program at Georgia Southern.

For her project, Winters has worked with the senior art students enrolled in the Studio Art Capstone course throughout the semester, leading research workshops and helping formulate both their semester projects and the final exhibition (on view through the summer in the Contemporary Gallery). The students have studied concepts including spatial politics, displacement, the modern dérive and community engagement. The research tools the students learned through the workshops are intended to promote interdisciplinary opportunities, contextualize their own work as artists, and further community engagement.  

The exhibition will be on display in the Center for Art & Theatre’s University Gallery on Georgia Southern’s Statesboro Campus from April 30 – July 27. An opening reception will be held Wednesday, May 2, 2018, at 5 p.m.


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