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July 21, 2016
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art (MCA) presents Community: Photographs by Peri Gildersleeve, on view July 29–Sept. 11 at the MCA Gallery in Playhouse on the Square, 66 S. Cooper St. A reception will be held Friday, Aug. 26 from 6–7:30 p.m.
The exhibition will include photographs that feature participants and their direct support staff engaging in life skills activities at SRVS (pronounced “serves”), the largest comprehensive provider of services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in West Tennessee.
“I chose to focus on individuals as they explored the diverse services offered at SRVS,” Gildersleeve said. “As I became more familiar with their personalities, it was easier for me to approach them from any angle to get the best image. With virtually no boundaries, this collection of images shows the people that make up the SRVS community.”
Originally from the Mississippi coastal region, Gildersleeve will earn her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in photography from MCA in 2017. She recently completed a seven month internship at SRVS as a visiting artist intern, taking photos for the organization’s website and annual report. Gildersleeve had her first solo photographic exhibition at SRVS this spring, and her work will remain on permanent display at the organization’s headquarters. She plans to continue her work with SRVS in addition to photographing for Memphis’ Refugee Empowerment Program.
SRVS exists to enhance the lives of people with disabilities by providing services that help individuals lead meaningful lives in their communities, foster independence and bring them personal fulfillment. The organization supports more than 1,000 children and adults with physical, intellectual and developmental disabilities in West Tennessee.
Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Sunday from 1–5 p.m. and on show nights. All MCA exhibitions and receptions are free and open to the public.
Photo: Peri Gildersleeve
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SRVS is Tennessee’s largest provider of services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities providing skills development, employment, residential, children’s services, family support and elder care to more than 1,000 individuals. Founded in 1962, SRVS is a United Way of the Mid-South Agency. SRVS is “The Family Answer for Disabilities.” For more information, visit www.srvs.org.