ACU sponsors world-class photography exhibit

Posted September 09, 2015

The Abilene Christian University College of Arts and Sciences is sponsoring an exhibit by Eleanor Hamby, a well-traveled photographer who will speak and present photographs from around the world.

Her works will be on display beginning Sept. 9 at the Center for Contemporary Arts, 220 Cypress St. in downtown Abilene.

Hamby has traveled to more than 100 countries, including Turkey, Syria, Saudi Arabia and Egypt. She was in the last group to visit ancient Palmyra before the Syrian civil war and its takeover by ISIS.

Dr. Neal Coates, department chair and professor in the Department of Political Science, requested Hamby make an appearance on campus, as she already had planned an exhibition at Abilene’s Center for Contemporary Arts.

Hamby’s late husband, Kelly, taught in ACU’s Department of Education. The couple traveled the world and lived in Zambia, Africa, during the 1930s, and started the Zambia Medical Mission.

“Her real connection to ACU is in her heart for God and for people, and photography has aided in that,” Coates said.

The exhibition will feature photos from her time in Petra, Palmyra and Mada'in Saleh in the Middle East and will depict structures of the Nabataean culture. The exhibit will be open Sept. 9, and an opening reception will take place Sept. 11 from 5:30-7:30 p.m., during which Hamby will discuss the ancient Nabataean structures she encountered on her travels from Syria to Saudi Arabia.

On Sept. 14 from 7-8 p.m., she will return to the Center for Contemporary Arts to discuss culture, people and animals around the world, and show photographs on those topics.

Then on Sept. 28 from 7-8 p.m., Hamby’s work will be featured in ACU’s Shore Art Gallery for one night where she will talk about her travels through the modern Middle East.

The reception and exhibits are free, and the exhibition will be available to view at the Center for Contemporary Arts until Oct. 24.


Learn more about Hamby on her website:

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