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PhotoEye @NVC Presents Robert Dawson - Sept. 18


​For Immediate Release – Sept. 4, 2014
Contact: Lissa Gibbs, NVC Public Information Officer -, office: 707/256-7167
John Dotta, Napa Valley College Photography Department:, 707/256-7502
Photos Available Upon Request

New PhotoEye @NVC lecture series co-presented by the di Rosa museum featuring
renowned image makers is free and open to the public

Napa, Calif. (Sept. 4, 2014) -- Renowned environmental photographer and photo essayist Robert Dawson will present a free talk on his work on Thursday, Sept. 18, at 6 p.m. at Napa Valley College, the debut event in a new quarterly public lecture series called PhotoEye @NVC.  This free evening is open to the general public and is co-presented by the di Rosa museum.

Funded by the Janice E. and Bernard Charlup Photography Endowment held by the Napa Valley College Foundation, PhotoEye @NVC is organized and presented by the Napa Valley College Photography Department. On a quarterly basis, PhotoEye @NVC features in-person presentations by photographers and other image makers – bringing internationally recognized artists to the Napa Valley College campus to share their ideas and practices with students and the general public.

Dawson’s work documents people’s relationship with the environment and the commons, and examines photography’s ability to shape public awareness and understanding of the place we call home. His photographs have been widely exhibited and are in the permanent collections of many institutions, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the National Museum of American Art (Smithsonian Institution), Washington, DC; and the Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco.

Dawson is the recipient of a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, a Visual Artists Fellowship from the National Endowment For the Arts, the James D. Phelan Award through the San Francisco Foundation, and the Dorothea Lange-Paul Taylor Prize from the Center For Documentary Studies at Duke University. His noted work The Public Library: A Photographic Essay was published by Princeton Architectural Press in 2014 and documents public spaces throughout the United States, framing them within the context of American democracy.

Admission is free to Dawson’s presentation, which is co-presented by the di Rosa museum. The event will be held in the Napa Valley College Board Room, in the McPherson Building (Building 1500) on the main campus, 2277 Napa-Vallejo Highway, Napa. Parking for the event is free on the campus lots.

Additional Artists Presented in the 2014-15 PhotoEye @NVC Lecture Series

  • Brian Taylor – Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014: Known for his alternative photo-process work and book art projects, Taylor will speak about the techniques that have garnered him recognition from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and many other noted exhibition spaces in the U.S. and abroad.
  • Nancy Kates – Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015: The Bay Area-based documentary film-maker will discuss and show excerpts from “Regarding Susan Sontag,” airing on HBO in December of 2014. Her full-length documentary “Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin” won the 2004 GLAAD Media Award and best feature film honors at New York’s New Festival, among other awards. Co-presented by di Rosa museum.
  • Jennifer Maytorena Taylor  – Thursday, April 23, 2015: UC Santa Cruz Professor Taylor will discuss and show excerpts from her 2009 documentary feature “New Muslim Cool,” which debuted on PBS’ POV and went on to garner multiple awards and honors, as well as her more recent documentary work for PBS and Al-Jazeera America.

For more information about the PhotoEye @NVC series, contact the Napa Valley College Photography Department at (707) 256-7502 or