AMARILLO, Texas (KAMR / KCIT) – Photographer Patricia D. Richards details her trip to Cuba in the images she captures, and AC is celebrating her work with an exhibition currently on display in its Southern Light Gallery through February 2.
According to Amarillo College, Richards spent years trying to get a visa for the island nation of Cuba, when she finally achieved her goal in 2011 and began creating her project, “Unexpected Cuba,” which is located at floor of Ware Student. Commons on AC’s Washington Street campus and free to the public.
“Cuba, cut off from American travel by its island, its dictator, the US State Department and several presidents, has always been an enigma for me,” said Richards. “Whenever I thought about visiting there, I was told that there was no legal way to get there.”
âI finally got my visa. Once there, everything I discovered was unexpected, including the use of color, which was all-consuming, âsaid Richards.
Richards was born in California and raised in Seattle, where she received a BA in Drama from the University of Washington, an MA in Fine Arts from Southern Methodist University, detailed AC.
AC added that Richards received a Mid-America Arts Alliance / National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Photography in 1991 and teaches photography at Tarrant County College in the Dallas / Fort Worth area.
His photographs can be seen in numerous galleries across the country, including the Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco, the Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, the Birmingham Art Museum and the Smithsonian Institution.
For more information on the Patricia D. Richards Photo Exhibition or the Southern Light Gallery, please contact RenÃ© West, Associate Professor of Photography, at [email protected] or 806-345-5654.