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As part of the Hammond Gallery Series, the Arts Council of Wilson will present work of photographer Tom Braswell starting Sept. 12.
An artist, curator and writer, Braswell grew up in Wilson, where he continues to reside. He graduated from North Carolina State University in 1975 with a Bachelor of Arts in English and studied photography at Penland School of Crafts. In the summer of 1983, Braswell took a poetry workshop with Allen Ginsberg and Gary Snyder at Naropa Institute of Buddhist Studies in Boulder, Colorado. He also studied photography at the Appalachian Environmental Arts Center in Highland. In 1991 he received a Master of Fine Arts degree from Clemson University in studio photography.
Braswell has worked as a poet-in-residence, an arts administrator, a photography instructor and a gallery director. He edited the literary arts magazine Loblolly, has juried art exhibits and from 2008 to 2018 was the interim director of the Wellington B. Gray Gallery at East Carolina University. As an artist, he has exhibited his photographs both nationally and at the Pingyao International Photography Festival in China.
The public is invited to the opening reception at Hammond Gallery in the Boykin Center, starting at 5 p.m., on Thursday, Sept. 12, to hear Braswell talk about his work, his process and the things that inspired his exhibit “Clear Light Mind.”
The free reception is 5:30 to 7:30, p.m., following the artist talk; the exhibit continues through Nov. 2.