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Posted on: September 9, 2019

Randy Bacon Photography Exhibit Opens at Springfield Art Museum

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

Springfield, MO. (September 9, 2019) – The Springfield Art Museum is pleased to present Randy Bacon: The Road I Call Home, opening this Friday, September 13 at 5:30 PM. Randy Bacon is a contemporary American photographer based in Springfield, MO. He has an extensive history in portrait, commercial, and documentary photography. At the core of his work is the ability to present emotive visual stories of the people he photographs. Bacon is also the co-founder of the people-empowering story movement, 7 Billion Ones.

Randy Bacon: The Road I Call Home, is a photography exhibition that brings attention and empathy to our community’s homeless population. This exhibit features 45 new large-scale simple, direct, casual studio portraits of homeless individuals living in Springfield from Bacon’s The Road I Call Home series. These portraits emphasize the beauty, identity, and integrity of each person. Each portrait featured in this exhibit is accompanied by a narrative, as told by the subject, sharing their personal story of homelessness.

The goal of this project is to bring awareness to our homeless community and convey one simple message according to the artist – “That we’re all people and every single one of us matters.” During the run of this exhibit, the Museum will partner with the Community Partnership of the Ozarks and Gathering Friends for the Homeless to serve as a collection site for high need items for the approaching winter months for our community’s homeless population.

FREE PUBLIC PROGRAMS

Guided Tours:
Tuesday, September 24, 11 AM
Saturday, January 11, 11 AM
Saturday, February 8, 11 AM
Thursday, February 20, 6 PM

Join a scheduled guided tour or request your own guided group tour through February 23, 2020, free of charge, by contacting Museum Assistant Shauna Smith at (417) 837-5700 or slsmith@springfieldmo.gov. There is no minimum group number required to schedule a tour. Weekday and Weekend tours are available. Tours generally last one hour.

Slow Viewing Night: October 3, 6:00 PM

Homelessness Awareness Month Press Conference: November 1, 9:30 AM

Community Listening Session: November 7, 5:30 PM, to be followed by:
Artist Talk: November 7, 6:30 PM

CPO Advocacy Awards: November 22, 6 PM

The Road I Call Home Film Screening: February 6, 2020, 6:30 PM

Randy Bacon: The Road I Call Home runs through February 23, 2020 at the Springfield Art Museum, located at 1111 East Brookside Drive. Admission is always free. Donations are gratefully accepted. Financial assistance for this project has been provided by the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.

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The Springfield Art Museum is Springfield, Missouri’s oldest cultural institution, founded in 1928. A department of the City of Springfield, the Museum invites you to connect with the world, your community, and yourself through active engagement with art objects. For more information, please visit www.sgfmuseum.org or contact Joshua Best, Development and Marketing Coordinator at (417) 874-2859 or jbest@springfieldmo.gov.

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