Reflect, Educate, Inspire
by artist Dustin Shores
May 17 – Aug 19, 2010
Lewandowski Student Gallery
McLaurin Hall / Winthrop University
Opening Reception: Thursday, June 24, 2010 - 6:30
p.m. - 8 p.m.
I am currently working as both a Fine Arts Photographer, a Commercial
Photographer and Graphic Designer. My interests in photography and the
Arts are unlimited. I also work in mixed media, which includes drawing,
painting and any medium that I feel will make an image relate to it’s
viewers. Photography has changed tremendously over the past few years
and I have been living, learning and working in this transition. My
images show both a respect for the former and the new ways of the photo
making process. My goal is to continue working as a Community
Activist, Artist, and Arts Educator. I plan to attend graduate school in
the near future, as well as carrying on the responsibilities of running
two present companies.
- Dustin Shores
These projects are collaboration with the First Ward Community located
in uptown Charlotte. The organizations involved are the First Ward
Community Fund, Center City Partners, the Charlotte Housing Authority,
and the First Ward Elementary School. I have worked hand-in-hand with
all of the organizations to help bring art and the community together.
Large-scale community art projects have the ability to unite community
residents and allow them to express themselves visually. These
projects also allow the community to preserve the past, chronicle the
present, and to grow in the future. Working with the First Ward
Community has inspired me to continue my work as a community activist,
artist, and arts educator.
- Dustin Shores
"Children of First Ward Community" 2010 - Dustin Shores
A collaboration by the children of First
Ward, one of Charlotte’s
center-city neighborhoods, this 4’ x 8’ mixed-media mural expresses
vision of their eclectic urban community. The young artists used
disposal digital cameras to photograph First Ward and created drawings
over the course of several workshops held at their local recreation
center. All supplies and funding were provided by the First Ward
Community Fund and Center City Partners.
Are First Ward" 2010 - Dustin Shores
The recent history of First Ward photo mural consists of 192
collected photographs printed on 4’ x 8’ panel.
These images depict community members who have made a difference in
First Ward over the last 25 years.
The mural is a vehicle for the community to show appreciation to these
mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, grand parents,
teachers, police officers, firemen, political figures and others who
have worked to build and sustain a vibrant First Ward.
This work will be displayed at the Charlotte Housing Authority Office in
All supplies and funding were donated by the First Ward Community Fund
and Charlotte Housing Authority.