Exhibitions / Community Engagement Programs and Events / Commissions
People connect to exhibits through emotional involvement with the subjects — whether through unconventional photography and conversations with local residents; architecture and landmarks; or positive / uplifting nature and landscape studies. Developing these projects support local communities and engage the public.
Exhibits are comprised of imagery from major projects already completed or commissioned photography for special exhibitions of community themes (people, architecture, landscapes, etc.) with fine art or documentary photograph
Community exhibition projects can involve multiple partners including:
- Economic development
- Arts councils
- Historical societies
- Elected and appointed public officials
- Non-profit arts organizations
- Education, public school district, PTA, etc.
- City and County Health and Human Services Agencies
- Department of Aging and Senior Services
- Community Development
- Chamber of Commerce
- County Extension
- Universities and colleges
- “Friends of the Library”
- Private corporate /businesses
Funding for past projects has included small business donations, special procurements from city and county government funds, corporate grant funding and library contributions from among the above sources.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for details, case studies and outcomes.
“There has been a positive buzz around town from your stories and photos. I love the warm-hearted response. You have proven that you are trusted and the people that you have interviewed were really pleased with the way it all turned out.”
Kathy Smyth, City Council, City of Luverne, Alabama
“evocative...” Daytona Beach News-Journal
“If you want to see old Florida, you will do what photographer Eric Dusenbery does — stay off the major highways. Dusenbery travels only on back roads, the dusty little two-laners that people use when they've got no place special to go and all day to get there. Journeying across the Sunshine State, from the Panhandle to Palm Beach on U.S. Highway 98, he stops and knocks on doors to find folks who can remember when people gathered on porches for music and moonshine. Then he takes their pictures. An exhibit of his photographs — taken with a large-format 4x5 camera — along with the person's stories at the side, opens at an artist's reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 9, at the Mount Dora Center for the Arts.”
Christine Cole, The Orlando Sentinel
“The faces that peer out of Eric Dusenbery’s photographs, like old buildings, alligators and down-home businesses in the local artist’s works, are steeped in historic Florida. Children peek at a display of lanterns through dusty windows in one black and white image, their hands steepled into shady tunnels. Another print shows Ochopee’s tiny post office, a relic of pioneer days, while, in another of the exhibit's penetrating glimpses of everyday life in Florida, a clerk walks into Taylor Boatworks, in small-town Cortez... These images spring from his deep feelings for the state... All are the ancestors of the people and places in Dusenbery’s crisp, objective images. The new works at DeBary Hall round out its permanent collection, and add perspective to life in Florida--- as Dusenbery had hoped.” Laura Stewart, Art Critic, Daytona Beach News Journal
“It is great to see one of the state’s folklore traditions get some national exposure. Thanks for all you are doing to spread the word about Florida’s traditional cultures.” Blaine Q. Waide, Former Folklorist for the State of Florida
“...the authentic, the real Florida.” Citrus County Chronicle
“There is a lot more to Florida than beautiful beaches and amusement parks. That’s the message of Eric Dusenbery, a documentary photographer. Dusenbery chronicles Florida history with black and white photos. “Our heritage is slipping away,” he says. “Listening to stories and learning about legacies has been replaced by Internet searches, video gaming, and electronic babysitting.” He combines photography with storytelling. Beth Miller, executive co-chairman of the Mount Dora Center for the Arts, says the arts center will be presenting “Back Road to Back Home: Finding the Voices of the Sunshine State,” a study in rural culture by Dusenbery August 9 through September 27. “His photos capture images of people that live a rural life. Maybe it’s a woman standing in her garden, but the image he captures is of the life that she’s led there,” Miller says. “He captures the character of the people in his work.” Cheryl Rogers, Central Florida Ag News
"You have no idea how from around here I am. I grew up on a farm about 10 minutes from here. Generations and generations of family farmers. I like to think there is a re-emergence that is happening in farming. I believe there are more similarities that I have in common with my grandfather than my father.
There are a lot of people like me who are trying to maybe bring back the old ways — trying to be more sustainable. I think young farmers are trying to capture something like what my grandparents and great-grandparents had — because we have to. We don’t have the years of plenty that the boomers had behind us. There’s been a real re-emergence of Southern skills. A lot of women my age are trying to learn to sew. My mom’s generation didn’t do that.
Chicken, eggs, vegetables — if you can get them locally — keep it, can it, store it and jar it. Bringing back those old skills." Andrea Story: Chula, Georgia