Glimpse into the Collection: “In the Fields”

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engraving of wheat fields

Diane Davis is project photographer for the IMLS Digitization Project Grant. Beginning in 2010, she produces master image files to digitally archive all of the Ackland’s collections.  Previously, Diane was a professional photographer in Charlotte, NC who served on boards at The Light Factory Contemporary Museum of Photography & Film, Women in Communications-NC Chapter, and NC Chapter of the American Society of Media Photographers. After having a commercial business in Charlotte for 25 years,  she finds working on this important project a very satisfying extension of her career.

Since I’ve been on the Ackland’s digitization project the longest of our team of three, I’d like to kick off with an image that inspired me to start putting images into my “favorites” folder.  It was on November 24, 2010, and I had been photographing works on paper at the Ackland for less than a month. I came across a print by Wharton Esherick entitled Harvesting. I remember thinking, “This print is too fabulous not to save somewhere! How will I ever remember it after five months, a year, or two years of viewing such quantities of artwork?”

If you want to see more of Wharton Esherick’s work in the Ackland’s collection, there are three more pieces you can find by using our website’s Collection Database Search. Just type his name into the “Artist/Creator” field and voilà! You can also use the simple search field at the top of any page on our website.

Be on the lookout for our upcoming glimpses into the Ackland’s collection. Dana & Abby have some intriguing favorites planned!

Wharton Esherick, American, 1887-1970, Harvesting, 1927, wood engraving. Ackland Art Museum, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Burton Emmett Collection, 58.1.1669.