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Atkins Library Acquires Motorsports Photo Collection

UNC Charlotte’s J. Murrey Atkins Library has acquired the "Bryant McMurray Motorsports Photograph Collection," which documents the world of stock car racing through images captured over six decades by the award-winning motorsports photographer.

To support UNC Charlotte’s programs in American studies, motorsports engineering and sports management, Atkins Library has developed a collection of books, magazines, oral history interviews, photographs and other materials to preserve the history and legacy of automobile racing in the region. The collection should capture the attention of fans, as well as researchers and students studying motorsports, Southern culture, pop culture, engineering and more.

"McMurray's photographs will serve as the flagship collection in a digital photo archive we are preparing to launch of images related to and about motorsports," said Meredith Evans, associate University librarian for special collections at Atkins Library. "Digitizing these photographs and providing access to supporting manuscript and oral history collections will make this the premiere motorsports collection in the Southeast."

Rowe Galleries to Feature Four Artists in October

The Rowe Galleries will feature four artists in three shows during October. The lower gallery will display "Evergreen: Vespiary," featuring work by two guest ceramic artists: Valery Zimany and Daniel Bare, professors from Clemson University. The upper gallery will exhibit two independent shows "Heritage" by photographer and University of Virginia professor Pamela Pecchio and "Into the Screen: Still-Life Moving Image," oil "still-life portraiture" paintings by artist Andrew Leventis.

Zimany and Bare’s installation in the lower gallery will include new work created at UNC Charlotte with student assistance. The Department of Art & Art History has been collecting a random assortment of objects during the past month, which the visiting artists and art students will slip-coat in ceramic to hang in the gallery on Oct. 2.