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.
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.