Asheville photographer Ken Abbott and guest curator Jody Servon discuss Ken’s years photographing the beloved Hickory Nut Gap Farm nestled into 90 acres in Fairview, NC.
About Ken Abbott
I’ve been interested in photography since junior high school – so about 45 years now. I studied photography and political science at Colorado College. My first teachers there were Mark Johnstone, Ben Benschneider, and Frank Gohlke. I had the pleasure and honor of working with Frank following college, and then received my MFA in photography at Yale University School of Art, in 1987. I moved back to Colorado after that, and worked for fifteen years at University of Colorado at Boulder, where I was the chief university photographer. I continued pursuing my own work during that period, and Robert Adams, fellow Colorado front-ranger (and documenter of my growing up landscape, Denver, Colorado) became an important and cherished friend and critic in those days. Since moving to Asheville in 2002, I’ve continued documenting the landscape and the people of my home range, and began, in 2004, photographing at Hickory Nut Gap Farm, in nearby Fairview.
About Jody Servon
Jody Servon’s art projects include installations, drawings, photographs, sculptures, video and social experiments. Her work has appeared in exhibitions, screenings and as public projects in the US, Canada, and China. Servon attended residencies at Vermont Studio Center, Atlantic Center for the Arts, the Contemporary Artists Center, Super G Experiential Residency and was a conceptual artist in residence for the Town of Clayton, North Carolina. She has received multiple grants including two fellowships from the North Carolina Arts Council. Articles and reviews have appeared in: The New York Times, Sun Sentinel, The Palm Beach Post, The Miami Herald, Arizona Daily Star, Winston Salem Journal and New American Paintings.
Servon also curates exhibitions focused on contemporary art and was a curator at the Palm Beach Institute of Contemporary Art in Florida prior to moving to North Carolina. Servon received a MFA in New Genre from The University of Arizona and a BFA in Visual Art from Rutgers University in New Jersey. She is an associate professor and director of the Smith Gallery at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC.
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