GALVESTON — Galveston Arts Center’s free lecture series, “Conversations @ The Center,” continues with a special presentation by internationally-known photographer Keith Carter at 6 p.m. Wednesday at 2501 Market St.
Carter will discuss his work and career followed by a conversation between the artist and Galveston Arts Center Curator Clint Willour.
Carter is a master photographer from Beaumont, whose poetic imagery is strongly influenced by an authentic sense of place. In the world of art photography, he is well-known for his evocative black-and-white images that artfully and unapologetically expose the rural landscape and cultural gumbo of Southeast Texas — a place he has called home since childhood, yet that he still finds exotic and inspirational.
Recipient of the 2009 Texas Medal of Arts, awarded by the Texas Cultural Trust, and often called a “Poet of the Ordinary,” Carter has exhibited his captivating photography in more than 100 solo exhibitions in 13 countries.
He was recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Photographers’ Survey Visual Arts Grant and the Lange-Taylor Prize from The Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University.
Carter is the endowed Walles Chair of Art at Lamar University where he also was awarded the University’s highest teaching honors — the University Professor Award, the Regent’s Merit Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Distinguished Faculty Lecturer Award.
His work is included in the permanent collections of some of the most important institutions in the U.S., including The Smithsonian Institution; National Portrait Gallery; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; George Eastman House, Rochester, NY; Art Institute of Chicago; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Menil Museum, Houston; J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; Wittliff Collections at Texas State University, San Marcos; FotoMuseum, The Hague, Netherlands; Dallas Museum of Fine Arts; and Amon Carter Museum, Ft. Worth.
Fifteen monographs of his work have been published and a documentary film, “A Certain Alchemy,” was released by Anthropy Arts, NY in 2006. In Houston, he has been represented by McMurtrey Gallery for more than 25 years.
In his recent series, “Ghostland,” Carter portrays the human and animal inhabitants of the swamplands of the American South.
Using special lenses, he creates a mysterious and visionary narrative involving the human psyche and animal attraction.
Beautiful yet subtly disquieting, the images reveal a preternatural world that exists just beyond reality.