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MC Hosts Hurricane Katrina Photo Exhibit

August 27, 2008

Hurricane Katrina's destructive path through South Mississippi is captured in an exceptional series of photographs to be exhibited this fall at Mississippi College.

The pictures of award-winning photographer Melody Golding will focus on the storm's impact on Mississippi women after it slammed into the Mississippi Gulf Coast, neighboring Louisiana and other regions.

MC's Gore Galleries will host the exhibition from Sept. 9 through Dec. 19. Golding lives with her husband, Steve Golding and their two sons in Vicksburg. She is a full-time artist, a painter and photographer, and a former Mississippi College student.

The exhibit not only shows the destruction of homes, businesses and communities along Gulf Coast after the storm. It looks at recovery efforts in South Mississippi since Katrina's deadly fury on Aug. 29, 2005, the worst natural disaster in U.S. history.

"They're wonderful photos," said Randy Jolly, director of the Gore Galleries. The images detail the anguish of victims and depict the extensive destruction of buildings, from hotels and Coast residences left in ruins to overturned cars. "It tells a complete story," he said.

There will be 183 images of Golding's work on display at MC's Gore Galleries. Some of the photographs were being put up in late August.

Golding's photos will spotlight images from the Magnolia State that were often overlooked by the national news media. Following the 2005 storm, national networks and other media often focused on flooding in New Orleans and nearby parishes.

"It looks like it will be a good one," said MC art professor Michael Hataway, of the exhibit coming to the Clinton campus. He's seen some of the impressive photographs.

Golding brings an excellent reputation in photography circles in the South and around the nation, said Hataway, who teaches photography classes and heads MC's graphic design program. The Mississippi Humanities Council has saluted her work. In 2008, the Mississippian was a finalist for a Mississippi Governors Award. Her exhibit at MC is titled "Katrina: Mississippi Women Remember."

The exhibit has been shown before in Washington, D.C. and other communities in Louisiana and Mississippi. Golding also documented the struggles of Hurricane Katrina victims in a documentary that will also be shown at Gore Galleries.

Starting in early September, hours at the Gore Galleries will be from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. The facility will also be open to the public on Tuesday evenings from 6-8:30 p.m. For more information, call 601-925-3880.

PHOTO: Mississippi College psychology graduate student Sofia Lepe, 24, of Honduras, a graduate assistant to Art Department Chairman Randy Miley, hangs photographs in the Katrina exhibition.

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