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History at High Noon: From Landfill Dogs to Stardust and Ashes

Wednesday, August 31, 2022, 12–1 p.m., Daniels Auditorium, NC Museum of History

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Speaker: Shannon Johnstone, Illustrator, Photographer, and Professor of Art at Meredith College

Join us as we wrap up celebrating North Carolina artists this month by welcoming award-winning photographer, illustrator, and Meredith College art professor Shannon Johnstone. Johnstone will offer a behind-the-scenes look at the path that led to her incredible project Landfill Dogs. She will explain what the project is, how it came about, and how that work inspired another project, Stardust and Ashes.

Shannon Johnstone’s photographic work deals with themes that reclaim what has been discarded and make visible that which is hidden. Her project Landfill Dogs has been featured nationally and internationally and was most notably on ABC World News with Diane Sawyer (2013) and CNN.com (2014). Her recent project, Stardust and Ashes, was a Critical Mass Finalist (2017) and exhibited at The Front in New Orleans (2017). Both projects were featured at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center (Year of the Dog, 2018) and the Gaddy-Hamrick Art Gallery (All Creatures Great and Small, 2019). Johnstone is a tenured professor at Meredith College in Raleigh.