February Exhibit


Exhibit: "Unframed Images"
Exhibit Dates:
February 2020
Opening Reception:
The public is invited to an opening reception on February 7 from 5-8 p.m. during First Friday 
The University Gallery presents an exhibition to celebrate the work of acclaimed African American photographer P.H. Polk., in collaboration with Mississippi State University Libraries, in partnership with Tuskegee University and the MSU-based Southern Literary Trail. A native of Bessemer, Alabama, Polk opened his first studio in Tuskegee, Alabama, in 1927. In 1928, he was appointed to the faculty of the then-Tuskegee Institute’s photography department, where he served as department head from 1933 to 1938. In 1939, he operated his own studio in Atlanta, Georgia, before returning a year later to Tuskegee to serve as the college’s official photographer while continuing to run his own studio.
Polk’s photographs depict early 20th-century African Americans from all walks of life, including Martin Luther King Jr., George Washington Carver, and farm workers in rural Alabama. Housed in Tuskegee’s archives, the images have been exhibited at leading museums and galleries throughout the country.