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Families of Abraham
Featuring the work of photographers Byron Baldwin, Donna Bise, Eleanor Brawley, John Daughtry, Donna Foster, Chris Keane, Tina Manley and Nancy Pierce
Exhibit Dates:
6/24/2012 -
9/9/2012

For information on hosting this exhibit, contact Kate Baillon van Rensburg, VP Exhibits, Levine Museum of the New South, at 704-333-1887 ext 231
Families of Abraham
It's been just over five years since Families of Abraham debuted at Levine Museum. Since then, the photographic narrative, which explores the commonalities among Jewish, Christian and Muslim faiths, has traveled and been exhibited at museums and colleges in North Carolina and around the country. On June 24, 2012, Families of Abraham returns to Charlotte and will be on display at the Museum through September 9, 2012.

Led by project director and curator Eleanor Brawley, a team of eight local photographers followed eleven Jewish, Christian and Muslim families from the Charlotte area for one year, documenting their faith practices and daily lives. Photos were captured during Holy Days across the three religions, as well as special family moments and milestones. From this large body or work, images were selected to illustrate the many similarities and to promote understanding of the differences across these three faiths.

The team of photographers included: Byron Baldwin, Donna Bise, Eleanor Brawley, John Daughtry, Donna Foster, Chris Keane, Tina Manley, and Nancy Pierce. In addition to the photography team, Linda De Castrique, Linda Newcome, and Judy Simpson Cook spent many hours with each family conducting interviews.

Brawley's work has earned her and the exhibit much recognition and attention. She has produced a television special on the exhibit, was selected for a panel on Exhibiting Religion at the American Association of Museums’ annual meeting in Philadelphia and was interviewed and featured on “The NEWSHOUR” arts blog.

In addition to the exhibit, a new hard-bound book is being published by Brawley and will be available beginning June 24. Featuring the images and words from the exhibit, the book is designed for individuals as well as for use in educational settings, houses of worship and libraries. Proceeds from the sale of the book will help support the continued travel of the exhibition, Families of Abraham.