A new exhibit at the Biggs Museum of American Art in Dover highlights photojournalism in Delaware.
The Newark Post is one of 18 news organizations from around the state that are participating in the exhibit, which opened last week and runs through Jan. 19.
“As a proud supporter of all types of photography, the Biggs Museum of American Art will feature the visual storytelling of newspapers and magazines from throughout the greater Delmarva region in its first major exhibition on photojournalism,” Ryan Grover, curator of the Biggs Museum, said. “News publishers are among the nation’s oldest and most revered image makers. Differing from other types of photographic interpretation and documentation, photojournalists, or news writers that use images instead of words, are bound by a rigid ethical framework that their work be both honest and impartial.”
Newark Post photos selected for the exhibit includes work by editor Josh Shannon, former reporter Brooke Schultz and freelancer David Mellon. The photos depict scenes from around Newark, including a Fusion Racing 5K, Butch Simpson’s retirement ceremony at Newark High, an Aetna Hose, Hook and Ladder Company emergency response, the painting of a mural on South Main Street and a visit to Downes Elementary by Special Olympics weightlifter Jon Stoklosa.
Other publications included in the exhibit include The News Journal, Delaware State News, The Dover Post, WBOC, Delaware Today, Beach Life Magazine, The Hunt, Cape Gazette, Hoy en Delaware, Laurel Star, Seaford Star, Milford Chronicle, Sussex County Post, Coastal Point, Out and About, Outdoor Delaware Magazine and Letters from Camp Rehoboth.
“The art of photojournalism, especially in local newspapers, is under appreciated in American art museums even though they tell the stories that unify communities,” Grover said. “This under-explored art form helps define modern news media and creates deeper connections to news subjects. This embattled local profession deserves greater public attention and critical examination of its accomplishments.”
Located at 406 Federal Street in Dover, the Biggs Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Sunday, 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and free for children 18 and under. Free admission is provided on the first Saturday of every month.