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Internationally Renowned Photographer Burk Uzzle Debuts New Exhibition: Perceptions + Recognitions: African-Americans of Eastern North Carolina

Greenville, NC- The Greenville Museum of Art will debut a major new exhibition of works by Burk Uzzle, Perceptions and Recognitions: African-Americans of Eastern North Carolina - sponsored by Smithfield Foods, with an opening reception on Friday, February 3rd from 5pm to 8pm during the monthly Uptown Greenville First Friday Art Walk. The public is invited to view this historic exhibition, enjoy food, drinks, fellowship, and entertainment.

This exhibition was commissioned by the Greenville Museum of Art with artist support by PNC, and the collection celebrates the lives and experiences of many extraordinary contemporary African-Americans in eastern North Carolina. Also on display will be 20 vintage silver gelatin prints from Uzzle’s own archive depicting images he captured in Memphis and Atlanta in 1968 during the death and funeral of Martin Luther King, Jr. “Together, these two bodies of work frame both our history and potential, and reflect the honor of being Americans,” stated the photographer, Burk Uzzle.

Uzzle was the youngest photographer ever hired by LIFE Magazine at 23 years old, and has spent his nearly six decade career documenting American culture and the human condition. Born in Raleigh, and after living and working all over the United States, Uzzle relocated to Wilson in eastern North Carolina to commit himself to telling the unique and important story of the subjects of this exhibition. Perceptions + Recognitions offers everyone an opportunity to experience their neighbors, whether familiar or unknown, through art with its unique way of allowing strangers to share emotions and realize connections in this shared human experience.

Commenting on his new works, Uzzle said, “With their grace, courage, and strength, these portraits of contemporary African-Americans in eastern North Carolina have done us the honor of creating transcendent legacies for all to see. Manifesting their individual stories as guiding lights, they have offered the camera internal radiance to share with the world.”

The exhibition will run from February 3rd through April 30th during which time, the museum will host a variety of workshops, panel discussions, and concerts celebrating and educating the community on the African American experience. Many of the photographs in this exhibition will become part of the Greenville Museum of Art’s permanent collection. “We know that the Greenville community and all of eastern North Carolina will want to visit this exhibition as it represents an integral part of the richness and history of our region.” said Dewane Frutiger, Chairman, GMA Burk Uzzle Exhibition.

The Greenville Museum of Art has enriched the culture of eastern North Carolina for 78 years by providing and promoting visual art though its collection, exhibitions, and education.  The museum maintains more than 800 works of art focused on American landscape painting and North Carolina artists. Annually, the museum serves more than 17,000 guests through programs, exhibitions, and gallery talks. In addition, the museum serves more than 1,700 people through classes and outreach programs in the community and area schools.

For more information or media opportunities, please contact:

Joyce Fitzpatrick | 919.247.4400 | joyce(at)

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