St. Louis artist Michael Darough will have his solo exhibition, “The Talk: A Conversation about Race in America,” on display Tuesday, Feb. 22 to Friday, March 25, at the Western Illinois University Art Gallery.
A reception for the artist will be held from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24. The artist will speak about his work at 5 p.m.
Darough graduated from the University of Memphis, earning an MFA in photography in 2011, and his BFA in photography from Arizona State University in 2007. His work explores the intersection of personal and cultural identity through tableau and portraiture. He is a nationally and internationally exhibiting artist whose work has recently been shown at the Brooks Museum of Art (Memphis, TN), the Center for Fine Art Photography (Fort Collins, CO), Context 21 exhibition at Filter Space Gallery (Chicago, IL), and was accepted to the Format21: Control International Photography Festival (Derbyshire, UK).
He is a Silver Eye Fellowship 20 recipient, 33rd annual McNeese National Works on Paper purchase award winner and was a 2020 finalist for the Arnold Newman Prize For New Directions in Photographic Portraiture.
Currently, Darough is a practicing artist and the Director of Education for Professional Photographers of America.
Admission is open free to the public. Visitors are expected to be vaccinated, and masks are required.
For more information about the Gallery, visit wiu.edu/artgallery.