New Photography Exhibit Opening Friday In Roswell

Roswell in Print is a new, outdoor photography exploration in three parts designed to highlight the diverse characteristics of the City of Roswell, using visual storytellers to capture it through imagery and displayed in non-traditional spaces.

The exhibit will open to the public on Friday, and the marketplace for prints is now open. In order to help support the artists, visitors can purchase prints of their favorite photos and 70 percent of all sales will go directly back to the artist.

The ongoing pandemic has kept the doors closed for many traditional spaces dedicated to art but the desire for connection and creative experiences is thriving. Roswell has a wealth of nontraditional outdoor spaces to explore and Roswell Arts Fund, in partnership with the Hagan Family Foundation, Getty Images and the City of the Roswell saw an opportunity to curate unique and unexpected experiences for neighborhoods throughout the city.

“The Hagan Family Foundation is very pleased to have deployed a new public art program with
Roswell Arts Fund,” said Chad Hagan, Hagan Family Foundation. “The images the team selected from the open call and Getty Images are extraordinary. The Roswell Arts Fund has done a lot of hard work to position Roswell as an Atlanta arts hub, and this program is an excellent example of the tremendous value Ghila Sanders and the Arts Fund bring to the city. This is our home, so we will continue to develop and invest in the Roswell art scene along with many other local stakeholders. Over time, I hope to see Roswell develop a premier connection to public art.”

Roswell in Print will have three distinct installations in different outdoor locations that allow for safe and socially distanced experiences. Each exploration will take inspiration from the characteristics that define the community of Roswell: Modern Spirit, Southern Soul. Through an extensive public engagement process, organizers have come to understand that spirit by asking the people of Roswell who they are and what is important to their community. The unique elements that emerged from those conversations became the themes at the core of this photography exhibition.

In each exhibit, the visual storytellers featured will span countries and generations. Organizers hope that these photographs, inspired by Roswell’s essence, will convey a universal message of belonging, a welcoming sense of community that travels beyond city limits and resonates with viewers near and far.

The first exploration will be installed at East Village Shopping Center, made possible through the support and partnership of the redevelopment team ECI Ventures, LLC and The Ardent Company East Village REO, LLC.

“We echo Roswell Arts Fund’s vision of the role art can play in inspiring our community and impacting our economy,” said Todd Terwilliger, Partner at The Ardent Companies. “Ardent and ECI are thrilled to partner in the Roswell in Print photography installation at our East Village redevelopment to highlight the city’s talented artists and their beautiful imagery.”

The first theme photographers were invited to explore was “We Are Our Colors.”

The Public Art Master Plan by the Roswell Arts Fund and the City of Roswell from 2017 states: “Blossoming, vibrant, scenic, consequential, sustainable. Telling our story through artwork and color paints a picture that is lively, vivacious, leafy, and lush. If our city is a canvas for art, our history, physical surroundings, and the spirit of our people are the palette.”

Some images on display were selected from artists who submitted through an open call for entry and additional images are made available through a partnership with Getty Images. All images selected for exhibition will be available for print sales on the Roswell Arts Fund website with 70 percent of the sale going to the artist.

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