The Columbia State Community College’s Pryor Art Gallery has teamed up with W7thCo Vintage Photo Gallery to host “Focus on Columbia’s Past,” an exhibit to reconnect the community to its past while preserving a collection of photos spanning time for more than a century.
“I am delighted that we are partnering with W7thCo to expand reach of this collection of Columbia’s history to the community,” said Michele Wilkinson, Columbia State Pryor Art Gallery curator. “It is amazing to see people’s eyes light up when they find a familiar face or family member in the photos. These photos not only mark an era – they are bridging the past to the present.”
Both exhibits will feature photos from Columbia’s past between 1875 and 1969 taken by photographers that worked with the Orman Studio including founder, W.A. Orman; his son, Claude “Buster” Orman; and Ray Burt, the last owner of the studio. The Pryor Art Gallery will display an antique camera collection and a collection of photos highlighting events and familiar faces; W7thCo will be complementing the collection with photos of different means of transportation, including automobiles and mules.
The Pryor Art Gallery is in the Waymon L. Hickman Building on the Columbia Campus. The exhibit is free and open to the public June 8 – July 25. Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. – 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
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