Barton Welcomes UNC Archivist Stephen Fletcher To Discuss Hugh Morton Photographs on Sept. 16

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WILSON, N.C. – As part of a new photography exhibition, “Photographs by Hugh Morton: An Uncommon Retrospective,” presenting works by the late North Carolina photographer Hugh Morton, Barton College welcomes the man who carefully selected each image now on display. Archivist Stephen J. Fletcher’s presentation, titled “Hugh Morton’s Rise To His Photographic Peak,” will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 16 at 6:30 p.m. in the Barton Art Galleries in Case Art Building.

Fletcher’s talk will explore the first three decades of Morton’s prolific photographic career. He will share his experience of curating and producing the exhibit, and will discuss several photographs that are part of the exhibition. This event is open to the public at no charge, and the community is invited to attend.

Fletcher is the North Carolina Collection Photographic Archivist at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prior to his appointment at UNC in 2003, he worked in curatorial positions at the California Historical Society from 1983 to 1988, and the Indiana Historical Society from 1988 to 2002. In 1988, he also worked as a consultant to the Sierra Club, organizing and providing access to its library’s photographic collection. Fletcher received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in fine art photography in 1982 from the Rochester Institute of Technology. He began his archival/curatorial career in 1981 while attending RIT through an independent study at the International Museum of Photography at the George Eastman House. Afterward, he was hired for the summer as a cataloging assistant to sort, organize, and catalog approximately 10,000 lantern slides. Fletcher completed two additional independent studies at the George Eastman House, and he later attended the John F. Kennedy University’s Center for Museum Studies in San Francisco, earning his Master of Arts degree in 1992.

This exhibition is on loan from the North Carolina Collection Photographic Archives of the Wilson Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill through October 3. For additional information, please contact the Barton Art Galleries at (252) 399-6477 or artgalleries@barton.edu.

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