New York based photographer Phil Buehler will showcase photos from his latest work during an exhibit at the TCC Metro Campus Center for Creativity and share his experience with Tulsa Community College students when he comes to town May 1 and 2 to celebrate the first anniversary of the Woody Guthrie Center. Buehler’s activities with Tulsa Community College are sponsored by the Tulsa Community College Foundation, in partnership with the Woody Guthrie Center.
Buehler’s latest body of work, “Woody Guthrie’s Wardy Forty: Greystone Park State Hospital Revisited” was produced in collaboration with Nora Guthrie and the Woody Guthrie Archives. The photoessay documents the crumbling and abandoned Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital where Guthrie spent the final years of his life and where he first met Bob Dylan. An accompanying book also contains previously unpublished writings by Woody, his family, and friends that were recently released by the Guthrie family.
The exhibit of photos from “Woody Guthrie’s Wardy Forty” will be on display at TCC Metro Campus Center for Creativity, 910 S. Boston Avenue and free and open to the public. Buehler and Anna Canoni, Woody Guthrie’s granddaughter will attend an opening reception from 6 - 9 p.m., Friday, May 2 and make a brief presentation beginning at 7:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served at the reception. The event will be held in conjunction with the Brady Arts District First Friday Art Crawl. In addition, Grammy nominated musician John Fulbright will perform at the Center for Creativity following the remarks from Buehler and Canoni with seating on a first-come, first-served basis.
Free parking is available in the TCC parking lots around the Center for Creativity with a free shuttle between the Center for Creativity and the Brady Arts District. The trolley will operate from 6 – 10 p.m.
“One of our goals for the Center for Creativity is to be involved with the local arts community. We offer a transformational education and strive to lead our community to new levels with the students at the forefront,” said Annina Collier, Dean and George Kaiser Family Foundation Endowed Chair for the Center for Creativity. “The Center for Creativity houses programs in communication, digital media and the visual arts, and we want TCC students to collaborate across disciplines. With this guest artist visit and photography exhibition, we’re providing a variety of experiences for TCC students and the community.”
In addition to the exhibit, Buehler will give a masterclass to TCC students on Thursday, May 1. The masterclass will include a slideshow of his work and discussion about his life as an artist followed by a Q&A session.
“Buehler is a renowned photographer, and this is a tremendous opportunity for our students to talk with him, learn from him, and discover new ideas. This experience will help the students develop as artists by being exposed to Phil’s unique artistic perspective,” said Collier.
On Friday, May 2, Buehler will lead a photo shoot workshop and field trip from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. starting at My Photo Studio, 1209 S. Frankfort Avenue. The tour is free and open to any intermediate or advanced photographer and attendees are asked to bring camera, lenses, tripod, and walking shoes with all other equipment provided. Space is limited to 10 spots on a first-come, first served basis and registration is required. Call Yvette Combs at (918) 595-7143 to reserve your space.
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