12 Nov The Comer Photography Collection at UT Dallas acquires photographic works

The Comer Collection at UT Dallas has acquired several prints from Greetings from the Salton Sea and Jackrabbit Homestead for their permanent photographic collection. Kim Stringfellow will present her work at a public lecture at UT Dallas on March 8, 2016 in conjunction with the exhibit of various photographic works from the collection. For information, visit: http://www.utdallas.edu/ah/events/detail.html?id=1220421753

About the collection:

The Jerry and Marilyn Comer Photography Collection captures scenes of American life from the middle to late 20th century. Jerry Comer, who earned a master’s degree in management from UT Dallas in 1977, began collecting rare and important photographs in the 1970’s and decided that the time had come to protect the images for future generations. “Because of my affiliation with UT Dallas, and because of the university’s budding photography program, I felt the gift to UTD was a natural fit,” Comer, a retired engineer, said. “I am glad to know the images will be used for educational purposes and that they will be admired and studied for years to come.”

Marked by both its diversity and high quality, the collection contains over 350 photographs dating from 1940 to the present, as well as more than 300 books and periodicals relating to modern and contemporary art and photography.  The archive includes a number of strengths, including notable representation of the work of women artists, socially conscious photographers, and photographers from Texas.  Numerous images documenting American history, including several from the Civil Rights movement, comprise a central highlight. The portfolio also provides a visual record of urban settings, with an emphasis on New York City, as well as a range of images of the American vista.  Other gems in the collection represent innovative work with staged and altered photography.

Comer Collection Homepage: http://www.utdallas.edu/ah/comer/