Rob McDonald

Rob McDonald is one of the jurors for SlowExposures this year. He will also be exhibiting his work at A Novel Experience in Zebulon during September. 
Home of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
Cross Creek, Florida
For twenty years, Rob McDonald has taught literature and writing at Virginia Military Institute, where he is currently Associate Dean of the Faculty and a professor of English and Fine Arts. In 1999, he began experimenting with photography as a creative extension of his academic interests in the literature and culture of the South, and since then his work has been featured in numerous exhibitions and in four books: BIRDHOUSES (Horse & Buggy, 2007), BIRTH PLACE (Nazraeli, 2008), POPLAR FOREST (Horse & Buggy, 2010), and—with Even Rogers and Sally Mann—CY’S ROLLEI (Nazraeli, 2011).
     Rob’s new series NATIVE GROUND explores the role of place in shaping literary imagination. Examining the notion that writers compose out of a peculiar understanding and depth of connection to physical space, the series focuses on the homes and personal landscapes of more than twenty writers from the American South. 
     The recipient of a 2013 fellowship from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Rob’s work is in the collection of numerous private and public collections, including the Museum of Fine Arts Houston and the Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth. He is a native of rural Marion County, South Carolina, which he still considers home.
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