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Frank Creech Art Gallery Lecture: Jane Lillian Vance – The Africa Series


Although my own travel to Africa began in Kenya in 1987, The Africa Series began in 2010 when I first saw photographs taken by Gil Harrington during her work in medical clinics set up under shade-trees in the deep bush of rural Zambia. The stories from The teamwork of Orphan Medical Network International, OMNI, moved me deeply, and I was catalyzed to document those endeavors to service. I saw strong, deserving, beautiful people who happened to be born where there is poor infrastructure, scant food, little choice, and forgotten hope, and the real differences that education, nutrition, shelter, and medicine can make.  But my work in The Africa Series is not about some foreign poverty. I hope in your presence before these paintings you feel the ancient web of humanity vibrate because you are part of the story. We are all pulled by our ancestors, whose whispers we call genes. We know the old stories of drought and rain, vast distance and exhausted arrival.  We all try to sleep at home and wake up to comfort. We seek intimacy, and we know, in our gut, the adrenalin sickness when we are near danger or in-authenticity.  I depend on statues and masks and microbes and animals as much as on human faces to tell these stories.  You will understand this old language, and you will know that the end of the story is not defeat. 

Jane Lillian Vance
Blacksburg, Virginia
Lecture and Reception: February 6, 2014
5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Lecture begins at 5:30 p.m. in Room B108, Main Campus of JCC
For further information please contact Bill Gregory at 919-209-2032