This creative collaboration pairs Duke students and other volunteers with North Carolina artists to produce documentary portraits.
Folk Masters: A Portrait of AmericaOpen To The Public
In this artist talk and information session hosted by Duke Arts and the NC Arts Council, Barry Bergey and Tom Pich will discuss their documentary portrait book, Folk Masters: A Portrait of America, followed by the opportunity to learn more about how to support the NC Arts Council in a new documentary photography initiative.
About the Speakers
Tom Pich, a native New Yorker, is a professional photographer who has specialized in documenting recipients of the National Heritage Fellowships, presented each year by the National Endowment for the Arts. The National Heritage Fellowships recognize an extraordinary group of people, legacies of America’s cultural landscape, for their excellence in artistry, authenticity of style, and significance within their artistic tradition. Over the past twenty-five years, Tom has traveled across America photographing these extraordinary people in their homes, at their workshops, and during performances, and creating iconic images in America’s landscape.
Barry Bergey is the past Director of Folk and Traditional Arts at the National Endowment for the Arts, recently retiring after a career of nearly thirty years at the agency. His experience as a fieldworker, researcher, festival producer, tour organizer, and exhibition curator has resulted in documentary recordings of Ozark music, radio programs, and a variety of publications, including a chapter on public policy for the Garland Encyclopedia of World Music. From 1995 to 2000 Bergey advised the Center for US-China Arts Exchange based at Columbia University on their Joint Plan on Yunnan Cultures Project. His involvement in international arts policy includes consultation with UNESCO, the Organization of American States, the World Bank, the US Information Agency, and the Department of State. Bergey wrote the foreword for Lucky Joe’s Namesake: The Extraordinary Life and Observations of Joe Wilson, edited by Fred Barenstein and published by the University of Tennessee Press in 2017. He currently serves on the boards of the American Folklore Society, National Council for the Traditional Arts, Craft Emergency Relief Fund Plus (CERF+), and the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art.