Museum hosts invitational exhibit of church building photography

This image of Selma United Methodist Church in Selma, Ark., was submitted for exhibition by Anne Carpenter, a member of the Arkansas Women Photographers association. The church was built in 1874, and is on the National Register of Historic Places. PHOTO COURTESY OF ANNE CARPENTER

This image of Selma United Methodist Church in Selma, Ark., was submitted for exhibition by Anne Carpenter, a member of the Arkansas Women Photographers association. The church was built in 1874, and is on the National Register of Historic Places.
PHOTO COURTESY OF ANNE CARPENTER

Sept. 6 through Nov. 8, 2016, the United Methodist Museum of the Arkansas Conference (UMMAC) is having a special invitational exhibition coordinated by UMMAC board member W.S. “Bill” Burgin, a long-time United Methodist and member of St. James UMC Little Rock. Burgin, who is himself an art photographer, invited art photographers to submit an artistic image of an historic United Methodist church building in Arkansas.

The objective of the exhibition goes beyond just the exhibit itself. Each entrant is required to submit a short history of each church and a good digital copy of the image to the museum for its permanent collection, creating documentation of these churches which is valuable to future researchers.

Most of the works submitted for exhibition are by members of Arkansas Women Photographers (AWP), an organization of more than 500 members. Burgin supplied each photographer with a list of the churches already added to the National Register of Historic Places; however, the list was only a suggestion as there are many historic churches still out there in need of documentation. Mike Anderson, a well-known art photographer in Little Rock, will select which photographs go into the final exhibition.

The museum is open for informal drop-ins on Tuesdays from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., or other times by advance appointment. Guided tours are also available by appointment. For information about this exhibit or to book a tour, call Linda Baker, UMMAC curator, at 501-680-1089.