Without Regard to Sex, Race or Color
The Past, Present and Future of One Historically Black College
Photographs by Andrew Feiler W’84
September 7 - 30, 2016
A large bell hangs in the clock tower overlooking the now quiet campus of Morris Brown College. Its inscription reads, in part, Dedicated to the Education of Youth, Without Regard to Sex, Race or Color. Founded by African Americans in 1881, Morris Brown lost its accreditation to financial pressures and scandal in 2002. Today its campus is largely abandoned.
Andrew Feiler was granted unique access to Morris Brown’s hauntingly silent campus. His documentary artistic photography portrays a proud past, a challenging present and an uncertain future, not only for this one institution but for all of America’s historically black colleges and universities.
Feiler is a fifth‐generation Georgian. Having grown up Jewish in Savannah, he and his art have been shaped by the rich complexities of the American South and of being a minority in the South.
Andrew's photographs have won numerous awards and have been featured in museums, galleries, and magazines. Andrew is a 1984 graduate of the Wharton School and has also earned a master’s degree from Oxford and an MBA from Stanford.
A book of this work was recently published by the University of Georgia Press. This publication includes ten historical images, sixty contemporary images and essays by Robert E. James, Pellom McDaniels III, Amalia K. Amaki, and Loretta Parham.
An opening Reception will be held in the Gallery from 5 to 6 PM on Thursday September 8, 2016, followed by a discussion between the artist and Professor Marybeth Gasman of the Graduate School of Education.
Signed copies of the book will be available for purchase at the opening reception.