Photography Exhibition Explores Motherhood

The powerful black−and−white photographs in the exhibition‚ “Beggars and…

Georgia (Aug 25, 2004) — Photography Exhibition Explores Motherhood

Cheryl Brown


Contact: Cheryl Anderson Brown‚ 770−499−3417 or

The powerful black−and−white photographs in the exhibition‚ “Beggars and Choosers: Motherhood Is Not a Class Privilege in America‚” are sometimes touching‚ sometimes heartrending and always thought−provoking. Running Aug. 26−Sept. 30 in Kennesaw State University’s Fine Arts Gallery‚ the exhibition explores the economic‚ legal‚ cultural and political issues of who should be a mother and challenges the idea that poverty limits a woman’s right to be a mother.

The 43 artists in the show propose that the right to be a mother is an essential claim to humanity‚ regardless of an individual’s socioeconomic status. The photographs reveal the struggles many working women face in trying to support their families in low−wage jobs. The women are depicted not only as survivors but also as dignified practitioners of motherhood.

An opening reception for the public will be held in the KSU Fine Arts Gallery from 7−9 p.m. Aug. 26. There is no admission fee.

A luncheon and panel discussion further examining issues raised in the exhibition‚ particularly welfare reform‚ will take place from 12−2 p.m. Sept. 13. For reservations‚ call 770−499−3398.

This exhibition is presented by WAKEUP/Arts with the generous support of The Open Society Institute‚ The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute‚ The Puffin Foundation‚ the KSU Visual Arts Committee of the Student Arts Board and the KSU Office of Academic Affairs‚ a participant in the American Association of State Colleges and Universities’ program‚ The America Democracy Project.

“Beggars and Choosers” is the first exhibition of the 2004−2005 season at Kennesaw State. For additional information about the exhibition or the season schedule‚ call 770−499−3223 or visit

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