RECENT ACQUISTION: The Harn Museum of Art at the University of Florida, the artist’s alma mater, has acquired three limited edition prints from  Through Darkness to Light  for their permanent collection.

RECENT ACQUISTION: The Harn Museum of Art at the University of Florida, the artist’s alma mater, has acquired three limited edition prints from Through Darkness to Light for their permanent collection.

Within Reach

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It’s official, the Portland Art Museum in Portland, Oregon has acquired two limited edition prints from Through Darkness to Light for their permanent collection.


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After the exhibition of Jeanine Michna-Bales: Photographs of the Underground Railroad at The Phillips Collection last spring, Julia J. Norrell donated 13 images from the series Through Darkness to Light to The Phillips Collection permanent collection.


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The Hill Memorial Library at Louisiana State University has acquired a limited edition  Through Darkness to Light  portfolio for their permanent collection.

The Hill Memorial Library at Louisiana State University has acquired a limited edition Through Darkness to Light portfolio for their permanent collection.


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As part of the debut of the landmark group exhibition Southbound: Photographs of and about the New South, artist Jeanine Michna-Bales participated in the public symposium Public Memory in the New South on January 12, 2019 at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston in South Carolina.


A limited edition Through Darkness to Light: Photographs Along the Underground Railroad portfolio is now part of The Jerry and Marilyn Comer Photography Collection at UT Dallas.

The collection is marked by both its diversity and high quality and contains 704 photographs dating from 1940 to the present, as well as 664 books and 531 periodicals relating to modern and contemporary art and photography, and 2014 aviation photographs. The archive includes a number of strengths, including notable representation of the work of women artists, socially conscious photographers, and photographers from Texas. Numerous images documenting American history, including several from the Civil Rights movement, comprise a central highlight.


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Another acquisition by a teaching museum that will hopefully continue to spark conversations about our country’s shared history. Princeton University Art Museum acquired two limited edition prints of Through Darkness to Light for their permanent collection.


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The University of North Texas has acquired a limited edition portfolio of Through Darkness to Light for their permanent collection.


The Underground Railroad Then and Now panel discussion took place at The Phillips Collection on March 2, 2019 at 4pm. Held in conjunction with the exhibition Jeanine Michna-Bales Photographs of the Underground Railroad and will include conversation about the history and legacy of the Underground Railroad with artist Jeanine Michna-Bales, historian Spencer Crew, anti-trafficking activist Evelyn Chumbow, and moderated by Phillips Senior Curator Elsa Smithgall.


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A limited edition portfolio of  Through Darkness to Light  was acquired by the Library of Congress for their permanent collection.

A limited edition portfolio of Through Darkness to Light was acquired by the Library of Congress for their permanent collection.


 

The Evidence of Things Seen and Unseen Lecture and Book Signing with Jeanine Michna-Bales and Clarissa Sligh took place at The National Gallery of Art on May 20, 2018. Held in conjunction with the exhibition Sally Mann: A Thousand Crossings. 


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After seeing Through Darkness to Light at AIPAD in 2018, curator Keith F. Davis of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, MO, acquired two limited edition prints from the series for the permanent collection.


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I am honored to have four limited edition prints from Through Darkness to Light become a part of the permanent collection at the Lehigh University Art Galleries in Bethlehem, PA, especially since it is a teaching museum. Their mission is to inspire, develop, and promote visual literacy and cultural understanding through educational opportunities that transform the traditional classroom experience. The galleries are seen as an educational laboratory for the whole community. In keeping with their goal, Decision to Leave was a part of their exhibition Photographs are Ideas: Selections from the Lehigh University Art Galleries Teaching Museum Collection in the fall of 2018.


Arnika Dawkins Gallery had Through Darkness to Light on view at The Photography Show, presented by AIPAD at Pier 94 in New York City from April 5 - 8, 2018. Booth 710. 

PDNB Gallery, booth 523, also had several images on display from Through Darkness to Light.


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I am honored to have three limited edition prints and a portfolio from Through Darkness to Light become a part of the permanent collection at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Thank you to curator Malcolm Daniel, Joan Morgenstern, Carola and John Herrin and Joe Aker for appreciating the work and for making these acquisitions possible.


Fallout: A Look Back at the Height of the Cold War on America, circa 1960  was selected as one of the   Top 50 for Critical Mass 2017.

Fallout: A Look Back at the Height of the Cold War on America, circa 1960 was selected as one of the Top 50 for Critical Mass 2017.


Through Darkness to Light was the visual component of The Toronto North Star Festival August 8-13th, 2017. The Festival featured The Harriet Tubman Institute, The Nathaniel Dett Chorale, Ballet Creole, and the Yale Alumni Chorus. 

Until I understand where I am, I can’t get to where I am going. This is the value of a compass when we are out walking or hiking and need to know we’re going in the right direction. But we also have an internal North Star. It’s that little nudge that tells us if we are on the right path to fulfilling our potential, or on the wrong path wasting energy traveling somewhere we don’t need to go. So my advice to you is, pull out that compass every once in a while and make sure you are navigating in the right direction on your journey.
— John C. Maxwell

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Through Darkness to Light was selected to be a part of the 2017 Virginia Festival of the Book in Charlottesville, Virginia. An exhibition of the series opened at the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center with an Artist Talk and Book Signing and was on view through June 30, 2017. Michna-Bales also participated in a panel discussion with Colin Rafferty author of Hallow this Ground and was a visiting artist at two area high schools.


Princeton Architectural Press released Through Darkness to Light: Photographs Along the Underground Railroad in April 2017. The book and various exhibitions of the series have received extensive media coverage including articles from In Sight from The Washington Post, The New York Times Lens Blog, The Los Angeles Times, O Magazine and others.


Through Darkness to Light was selected for the 2016 Archive of Documentary Arts Collection Award: Documentarians of The American South from Duke University. Forty images from the series are part of the permanent collection of the David M. Rubinstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library.


 

As part of the 2015 New Orleans Photo Alliance PhotoNOLA Festival Jeanine Michna-Bales was awarded the top Portfolio Review Prize by reviewers that included photography curators, editors, publishers, gallery owners and other industry professionals.


Jeanine Michna-Bales was named to the 2014 Critical Mass Top 50 for the project Through Darkness to Light from Photolucida.

I am delighted to be working with Jeanine Michna-Bales after having the pleasure of reviewing her work [in Critical Mass] last year. I am grateful for Photolucida facilitating the introduction and look forward to her solo show here at the gallery February 2017!
— Arnika Dawkins (Owner, Arnika Dawkins Gallery)

Michna-Bales was awarded a Beth Block Juried Membership Honoraria  by juror Malcolm Daniel as part of the  32nd Annual Juried Membership Exhibition  at Houston Center for Photography in 2014.

Michna-Bales was awarded a Beth Block Juried Membership Honoraria by juror Malcolm Daniel as part of the 32nd Annual Juried Membership Exhibition at Houston Center for Photography in 2014.


 

Through Darkness to Light was awarded First Place in the Gallerist's Choice category by juror Steffi Schulze in the CENTER 2014 Choice Awards resulting in a scholarship to Review Santa Fe.