Baldwin exhibit celebrates Cowart's work capturing human resiliency

Photographer, artist, entrepreneur and MTSU alumnus Jeremy Cowart returns to campus on Nov. 25 to discuss his photos capturing human resiliency in the wake of catastrophes that are part of a new exhibit at the university’s celebrated Baldwin Photographic Gallery.

The internationally recognized artist, who lives in Franklin, Tennessee, and is the 2019-20 MTSU Distinguished Alumni Award recipient, will speak in a free public lecture set at 7 p.m. Nov. 25 in Room 221 in the McWherter Learning Resources Center, 1558 Military Memorial Drive.

Jeremy Cowart, MTSU alumnus, photographer and entrepreneur

A 6 p.m. book-signing opportunity in the LRC lobby will precede his talk, and a reception will follow outside the Baldwin Gallery, located in Room 269 of the Bragg Media and Entertainment Building, 1735 Blue Raider Drive.

Cowart’s exhibit, which runs through Jan. 31, includes examples from five photo collections depicting survival, loss, reconciliation and resiliency in the aftermath of wildfires, earthquakes and hurricanes as well as the human-made tragedies of genocide and immigration.

Among those photos are images and stories from the deadly 2016 Great Smoky Mountains wildfires gathered for the “Voices of Gatlinburg” awareness and fundraising project and a similar effort for the “Never Forgotten Coast” project, which chronicles the destruction and rejuvenation of Mexico Beach, Florida, in the wake of 2018’s Hurricane Michael.

Cowart, a 1999 graduate of MTSU’s Department of Art and Design in the College of Liberal Arts, has a client roster ranging from Pope Francis and President Barack Obama to Taylor Swift and Tim Tebow. He’s currently at work on “The Purpose Hotel,” a planned global for-profit hotel chain that will fuel the work of not-for-profit organizations. His first hotel is scheduled to open in downtown Nashville in 2022.

In 2014, Huffington Post, Forbes and Yahoo named Cowart their “Most Influential Photographer on the Internet.” He’s a sought-after speaker and has presented multiple TEDx talks, showcased his “Voices of Haiti” photo essay at a United Nations gathering and addressed creative conferences across the country.

He’s also the founder of a global photography movement, Help-Portrait; a mobile social networking app called OKDOTHIS; and an online teaching platform, See University. He connects all these efforts in his new book, “I’m Possible: Jumping into Fear and Discovering a Life of Purpose.”

Copies of “I’m Possible” will be available at the Nov. 25 book signing.

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