Lonnie Graham, a Pew Fellow and Penn State Professor is former director of Photography at Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild in Pittsburgh, PA, where he developed innovative projects cited as a National Model for Arts Education.
He created the “African/American Garden Project,” a cultural exchange between urban mothers and Kenyan farmers. Graham was cited as Artist of the Year and presented the Governor’s Award by Governor Rendell. He is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts/Pew Charitable Trust Travel Grant for travel to Ghana and is a four time Pennsylvania Council for the Arts Fellowship recipient. His book “A Conversation with the World,” was published by Datz press in Seoul, Korea.
Exhibitions include the Goethe Institute, Accra Ghana; Christchurch, New Zealand, La Maison de Etat-Unis, Paris, France, and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. His TEDx talk is titled “Art as Tradition in Modern Culture.”
Lonnie Graham, A Conversation with the World
A Conversation With the World establishes a photographic record and an audio recorded dialogue around common issues relative to the human condition and seeks to delve beneath the superficial patina of cultural differences to explore the essential and fundamental motivations of human beings in order to clearly illustrate the bond that is inherently our humanity. The portfolio, to date, represents work done in Africa, Asia, the Pacific Rim, Europe and the Americas.
A survey of this sort is meant to help clarify preconceptions many people hold about one another and lead to the acceptance of the shared human experience and lay foundations to establish a climate in which people feel more likely to seek one another for support, rather than abandon each other in ignorance. Within the pool of cognition, fear is dispelled and understanding prevails.