Persevere: An Outdoor Exhibition and Projection Event

October 1-31


Opening and Docent tour: October 2nd, 11 a.m- 3 p.m

Exhibition walk-through: October 10th. 12 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Featuring a Special Projection Event at 12:30 p.m preceding the Titus Heagins Keynote Lecture at 1 p.m.

North Carolina Museum of Art


2110 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh, NC

Slideshow: October 17. 10 a.m -2p.m. During the Click! Photo Fair at the Durham Central Park Pavilion.

Ongoing Slideshow: October. In the windows of the 21c Museum Hotel along Main Street in Durham.

21c Museum Hotel Durham


111 North Corcoran Street, Durham, NC

Zombie Screen IV (St. Corona) by Casey Brown

Blursday by Catharine Carter

Hello Sun by Kathleen Pace

Safety, October 2020 by Kathryn Scott

Faceless Faces in Public Places-04 by Sam Kittner

Over Thinking by Catharine Carter

Falling by Penelope James

Home Series Pt 5 by Jessica Dunston


The Persevere Exhibition seeks to know how photography helped you survive 2020–2021. For many, the camera served as a tool of therapeutic intervention during the pandemic. Whether via a cell phone, DSLR, or 4X5, a camera helped rebalance and care for your emotional, spiritual, artistic, and mental needs. The process of creating a photographic image soothed our souls. Click! presents this work in an outdoor exhibition at the North Carolina Museum of Art’s Ann and Jim Goodnight Museum Park. The selected images will be exhibited at NCMA for the month of October and ALL artists who submitted will also be represented in slide show events in the museum’s auditorium before Titus Brooks Heagins’s keynote presentation and at other projection events such as the Click! Photo Fair, and in the Main Street windows at the 21c Museum Hotel during the Click! Festival.

How did photography help you survive the pandemic times? Cameras served as a tool of therapeutic intervention. Whether a cell phone, DSLR, or 4X5, cameras rebalanced our spiritual, emotional, and artistic needs.

Our survival came from decisions not to be silenced! Artist photographers became a necessity for endurance and our collective survival. Responding to the pandemic became a progenitor of beautiful art and protest art. These images became etched into our collective consciousness. Artists suffered the pandemic through personal trauma, anger, and exhaustion, as we lived in a deep and dark cavern of financial insecurity. Museums closed. Galleries shuttered their doors. State and regional art agencies shifted priorities. Collectors disappeared! Our only means of surviving the world-speaking the truth-was our only lifeline. So, we continued to photograph without means, or expected ends.

Presevere is a selection of responses to the failures and ruptures in our world, but also how we expressed love, cared for ourselves and each other. Preserve serves as evidence of photography’s intervention and interpretation of a challenging time.


Nancy Albert     Federica Armstrong    Jacqueline Asplundh    Ricky Beron   Casey Lance Brown     Lynne Buchanan

Rodney Buxton    Catharine Carter    Melanie Carvalho   Patricia Houghton Clarke     Charles Crabb    Yvonne Dalschen

Devin DePamphilis    Fran DeRespinis     Chase Doerfinger    Jessica Dunston     Jo Fields    Christine Fitzgerald

John Gallagher    Preston Gannaway  Penelope James    Jeremy Janus     Farhad Kanuga    Kimberly Keller     Sam Kittner

Jonathan Knight     Honey Lazar     Nadine Levin     Elizabeth Libert     Michael Ligett     Joe Lipka     Phillip Loken

Robert Hill Long     Colleen Mullins     Kathleen Pace     Edward Sanford     Bill Schahfer     Kathryn Scott

Logan Shackelford     Teresa Stephens     Sarah Sudhoff

Our Jurors
Jennifer Dasal is Curator of Contemporary Art at the North Carolina Museum of Art, and the host of the independent podcast ArtCurious, which she started in 2016 and was named one of the best podcasts by O, The Oprah Magazine and PC Magazine.
de’Angelo Dia is a poet, theologian, and doctoral candidate at Union Presbyterian Seminary. Dia investigates public opinion and contemporary beliefs on cultural, social-political, and theological issues through poetry, visual art, and performance.