The McGuffey Arts Association is a community of artists dedicated to practicing their arts and to passing on the creative spirit. We are located just a block off the Charlottesville downtown mall. The building contains three galleries, a gift shop, resident artists with open studios and a variety of educational opportunities. Please take a look around and call us if you have any questions. Thanks for visiting and hope to see you in the building.
Since 2001, fine art photographer Nick Brandt has been documenting the vanishing natural world and animals of East Africa through his haunting, majestic portraits of elephants, giraffes, lions, gorillas, rhinos, and other large mammals.
Three years after the somber conclusion of his African trilogy, On This Earth (2005), A Shadow Falls (2009), Across the Ravaged Land (2013), Brandt returned to East Africa to photograph the escalating devastation to the continent’s natural world. In a series of epic panoramas, he records the impact of man in places where animals used to roam, but no longer do. In each location, Brandt erects a life size panel of one of his animal portrait photographs, setting the panels within a world of explosive urban development and toxic wasteland.
Brandt’s stunning panoramas will be published in an oversized volume. Brandt’s stunning panoramas will be published in an oversized volume entitled Inherit the Dust in March 2016. The book's release coincides with the roll out of accompanying exhibitions featuring large-scale prints in New York, Los Angeles, London, Berlin, among other cities.
Inherit The Dust includes two essays by Brandt. The first relates to the urgent crisis facing the conservation of the natural world in East Africa. The second is a fascinating behind-the-scenes account of the arduous months of production to create each work. Nick Brandt has photographed exclusively in
Africa since 2001. Brandt's work has been widely exhibited at major museums and galleries in the United
States and internationally. Born and raised in England, he lives in the mountains of Southern California.
For more information, visit: www.nickbrandt.com.
In 2010, Brandt co-founded Big Life Foundation, a non-profit organization protecting 2 million acres of
ecosystem in East Africa. With nearly 300 rangers, poaching has been dramatically reduced in the
region, and is one of the few conservation success stories currently in East Africa.
Pictures of the Year International is the oldest and most prestigious photojournalism program in the world. Each year the POY competition honors the very best documentary photography and photojournalism, setting the gold standard for excellence. POY is committed to engaging citizens worldwide with great photojournalism by sponsoring educational public exhibitions. The "Visions of Excellence" exhibition showcases a selection of the 200 winners from the most recent photojournalism competition judging in February. Through exhibitions and workshops, POY extends the reach of those photojournalists who chronicle the news events and social issues facing our world. Pictures of the Year International is a program of the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute at the Missouri School of Journalism. Now in its 73rd year, POY continues to recognize and promote excellence in photojournalism.read more