PVCC Announces Opening Reception for Exhibition Showcasing Works of Artist Michael O. Snyder


Charlottesville, Va. – November 10, 2022 – The Piedmont Virginia Community College (PVCC) art department will host an opening reception for its latest gallery exhibitions showcasing the work of artist Michael O. Snyder, beginning at 5 p.m., Friday, November 18, in the V. Earl Dickinson Building on the main campus. The opening reception will be followed by a screening of “Where the Crawdads Sing” as part of the monthly Free Movie Friday series. This evening of free art events is open to the public.

The reception, which will run from 5 to 7 p.m. in the PVCC Gallery, celebrates the opening of two exhibitions that feature works created by photographer, scientist and conservationist Michael O. Snyder and artists he has mentored in his signature style. Snyder is known for combining visual storytelling with his passion for conservation to create art that seeks to make an impact on society. 
The North Gallery will show Snyder’s “The Mountain Traditions Project,” a collection of photographs and oral histories captured by the artist to document individuals who are carrying forward deep-rooted traditions of the Appalachian region in a world which is otherwise rapidly changing. The images and stories explore the heritage of Appalachia as a rich and diverse tapestry that includes many voices, identities and perspectives. The Mountain Traditions Project will be shown at PVCC courtesy of Maryland’s Frostburg State University. 

The South Gallery will feature a group exhibition curated by Snyder titled, “Our Changing Climate: A Visual Chronicle.” The exhibition draws from Snyder’s secondary focus in his work: teaching others to practice the skills needed to use photography as a tool for social impact. For the exhibition, Snyder invited former students to join him in presenting their unique view, from where they live, on the ways in which climate change is apparent around them. The result is a diverse collection of moments from various places illustrating how humans interact with the environment in their daily lives. 

Following the opening reception, the Free Movie Friday series returns with the 2022 mystery thriller “Where the Crawdads Sing” on the big screen in the Main Stage Theatre at 7:30 p.m. The film is based on the novel of the same name by Delia Owens and tells the coming-of-age story of an abused and abandoned young woman who survives on her own in the marshes of 1950s North Carolina only to be caught up in a surprising tale of possible murder. The film is rated PG-13. 

PVCC Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m.; and during Fine Arts and Performance evening events in the V. Earl Dickinson Building. Both exhibitions will remain on display through January 14, 2023. For more information, contact Fenella Belle at 434.961.5362 or fbelle@pvcc.edu

 The V. Earl Dickinson Building is located on the PVCC main campus at the south end of 501 College Drive. To view events in the PVCC Fine Arts and Performance season lineup, visit www.pvcc.edu/performingarts

About Piedmont Virginia Community College
Established in 1972, Piedmont Virginia Community College is a nonresidential two-year institution of higher education that serves Central Virginia – principally, residents of the City of Charlottesville and the counties of Albemarle, Buckingham, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, and Nelson. PVCC is one of 23 community colleges in Virginia that comprise the Virginia Community College System. PVCC is committed to providing access to a college education for all who can benefit, an opportunity for each student to reach her/his potential and excellence in all programs and services. Visit www.pvcc.edu.


Susian Brooks
Director, Marketing and Media Relations
434.961.6574 | sbrooks@pvcc.edu 



Humanities, Fine Arts and Social Sciences Division