August 13, 2017 thru October 15, 2017

Danville Museum of Fine Arts & History 

Jesse Andrews
Life in the Old Belt, This Place, These People
Sponsored by Rippe's
(Jennings Gallery)


Spirit of the times Lithographic Tobacco Advertising Art
in Victorian America
from Tobacco Legacy Collection of the 
National Tobacco-Textile Museum
(Schoolfield Gallery)

The exhibits will be opening on August 13th at 2:30 pm. 

This show will be on display until October 15, 2017.

General Admission rate for Museum will apply during normal hours. Tuesday - Saturday 10-5, Sunday 2-5, and Closed on Monday.
Adults $10, Senior (62+) $8, Students $4, and members free.

About Jesse Andrews

Since 1975, Jesse Pyrant Andrews (born 1949) has documented the changing rural landscape of the Piedmont plateau of southern Virginia and northern North Carolina. His work includes photographs of small southeastern towns, tobacco farming, portraits of farmers and their families, farm auctions, and the effect the industrialization of tobacco farming has had on the region. Andrews’ work also documents the life stories of veterans, former textile workers, Hispanic farm workers, musicians, and business owners. Oral history interviews conducted by Andrews accompany many of the portraits. Many of the images and oral histories speak to changes in regional economies, businesses, and social life in rural Virginia and North Carolina in the past few years. He has shown his work in numerous galleries, including the showing of his portraits of Latino H2A workers in an exhibit at the International Center for Photography titled Only Skin Deep, Changing Visions of the American Self. Andrews studied at the New England School of Photography in Boston in the mid-1970s, working primarily with Olive Pierce and George DeWolfe. Jesse Andrews has never made a digital print. He continues to work in his traditional darkroom, with film, paper and chemicals. His work is being archived in the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Duke University. He lives and works in Halifax County, Virginia, with his wife Terry. 

Artist Statement
I have always been fascinated by people and their stories. Everyone has a story, even though many people do not think they do until they start talking into a recorder. My grandmother used to tell me that if I talked to someone for more than a few minutes, they would always end up telling me something I had never heard before. I suppose that might have engendered my curiosity about people and their connection to their homes, their relatives, their experiences, and my inclination to document their stories. In turn, photographing the places these people inhabited became a natural extension of my curiosity, to see and record what the people of a place have made of it and how those people, through their own endeavors, customs and lifestyles, have given life to a particular part of the world, whether that place is a tobacco farm in Virginia or a neighborhood in Manhattan. My hope is that this work will be an inspiration, a learning experience to the people who see it now, as well as to those who might discover it in the future.