August 26, 1998

Contacts: Ann Marie Owens (615) 322-2706

Jan Rosemergy, (615) 322-8240

Vanderbilt's Kennedy Center exhibit features

people with disabilities


NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Photographs by Nashville's Farris L. Poole featuring individuals supported by a community program that serves adults with disabilities will be on display Sept. 1-Oct. 31 at the John F. Kennedy Center at Vanderbilt University.

A reception will be held in connection with the exhibit Sept. 1 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the foyer of the Kennedy Center/MRL Building on Vanderbilt's Peabody campus.

"Reflections" is an exhibit of 13 black and white photographs of individuals involved with the Progress program, which provides a variety of services. Although the program serves primarily adults with disabilities, some of its programs also serve high school students.

The exhibit is on view Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Co-owner of Studio 10, Poole has practiced photography as a professional for 10 years. His work includes commercial product and corporate photography and model or image portraiture. He is known for his ability to capture strong, arresting images that reveal the personality of his subjects.

"I hope this exhibit shows that, regardless of our differences, each and every person we meet is in some way a reflection of ourselves," said Poole, who devotes much studio and personal time to assist Nashville nonprofit community agencies.

The photographs on exhibit are among a series that Progress asked Poole in 1997 to create for its new facility. Progress' services include supported living; family-based residential services; respite care; supported employment services; life skills training; Our House, a residential program for at-risk adolescents; and ancillary services.

The exhibit is the 20th in a series sponsored by the Kennedy Center of artwork dedicated to or created by people with disabilities or who are at risk for disabilities. The series is supported by grants from the Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission. The Kennedy Center is dedicated to solving the mysteries of development so that people with disabilities can lead better lives.

For more information, call 615-322-8240.


Vanderbilt University is a private research university of approximately 5,900 undergraduates and 4,300 graduate and professional students. Founded in 1873, the University comprises 10 schools, a public policy institute, a distinguished medical center and The Freedom Forum First Amendment Center. Vanderbilt offers undergraduate programs in the liberal arts and sciences, education and human development, engineering and music, and a full range of graduate and professional degrees.

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