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Opening Reception: 5:00 - 9:00 PM

Reservations Required: or 708-616-8671

Meet Nancy Abrams

Nancy L Abrams, 1953 St. Louis, Mo.

Abrams worked as a photojournalist for small newspapers in the rural, Appalachian communities around Preston County, West Virginia for more than 16 years. Nancy's life and work embody the classic American outsider - a feminist, professional story-teller dropped into a closed society with narrowly defined gender roles. Abrams covered military exercises, politics and Big Coal, crime, accidents, and natural disasters. Abrams’ archive comprising 25,000 photographic negatives is an important and poignant archive of Allegheny culture in transition. Her work has been compared to Dorothea Lange, Lewis Wickes Hine and Walker Evans -who worked extensively in Preston County in 1935. In this, Abram's first-ever, major gallery exhibition, we celebrate the publication of her memoir, "The Climb from Salt Lick" by Vandalia Press (West Virginia University).