MTSU Alumna photographer's work is focus of new exhibit at MTSU's Baldwin Gallery

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Nashville artist Tamara Reynolds' effort to "reclaim her Southern-ness" is the focus of a new exhibit, "A Common Ground," open through April 7 at MTSU's renowned Baldwin Photographic Gallery.

The collection of photographs is a part of Reynolds' "Southern Route" series, which has been featured in media outlets including The New York Times' photojournalism blog, Lens, and PBS News Hour.

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MTSU's Baldwin Gallery is located on the second floor of the Bragg Media and Entertainment Building.

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"The country has stereotyped the South as hillbilly, religious fanatic and racist, and there is evidence in support of those claims," said Reynolds, a graduate of MTSU with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, "but there is also a restrained dignity and generous affection that many Southerners intrinsically possess. The South is a distinctive place, rich in culture, strong through adversity."

The Baldwin Gallery is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and closed on weekends and state and university holidays.

Reynolds has worked in commercial photography for the past 25 years. She is presently pursuing a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Hartford's international low-residency MFA program in photography. To learn more about Reynolds and her work, visit her website at tamarareynoldsphotography.com.

Special Baldwin Gallery tours at MTSU can be arranged by contacting gallery curator Tom Jimison, a professor in MTSU's Department of Electronic Media Communication in the College of Media and Entertainment, at 615-898-2085 or tom.jimison@mtsu.edu.

For more information about MTSU's Baldwin Photographic Gallery, visit http://baldwinphotogallery.com or http://www.facebook.com/BaldwinPhotoGallery.

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