Roanoke College

Celeste A. Nelms and Rhondal McKinney


Photographers Celeste A. Nelms and Rhondal McKinney will exhibit their work in the Olin Hall galleries on the Roanoke College campus January 21-February 17. The galleries are open daily
1-4 p.m. Nelms will give a lecture Friday, January 21 at 6:30 p.m. in Olin Hall, Room 231. An opening reception will follow at 7:30 p.m. in the Olin Hall galleries. For more information, please call (540)

Nelms attended the Minnesota College of Art and Design and the Atelier. Working with discarded objects found in thrift stores and yard sales, Nelms creates sepia-toned photographs. Nelms showcases her appreciation for found objects by placing the photographs in thrift-store frames. Her pictures touch upon the themes of memory, aging and nostalgia. In 2003, Nelms received a McKnight Foundation Photography Fellowship.

McKinney received a bachelor of science degree and a master of fine arts degree from the University of Illinois. He teaches photography as fine art and social documentary photography and is director of the Rural Documentary Collection, a public archive of fine documentary photographs depicting social condition in the rural Midwest. He is also associate director of the School of Art at the Illinois State University College of Fine Arts. McKinney's works are in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Art Institute of Chicago and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and has authored two publications, "Clara Brian: Farm Bureau Photographs 1919-1926" and "An Open Land: Photographs of the Midwest 1852-1982."