Pulitzer winner sells photos, establishes scholarship

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David Kennerly

Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer David Hume Kennerly visits Youngstown State University’s College of Creative Arts and Communication for a reception, gallery talk and fundraising event 5: 30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3, in Bliss Hall’s Judith Rae Solomon Gallery.

The event is made possible by YSU’s Department of Art and the Earle and Ida Cliffe Fund. While the event is free and open to the public, reservations are required by contacting Mari Ann Cann at 330-941-3629 or emailing mcann@ysu.edu before Sept. 30.

NYThe exhibit will remain installed in the space through Oct. 5.

Kennerly has donated 53 photographs from his newest collection – David Hume Kennerly On the iPhone – to support the creation of the David Hume Kennerly Scholarship in Art. The scholarship is geared toward Photography students at YSU. Forty of the photographs have been framed and will be available for sale that evening at a pre-established price of $500 each. The remaining 13 unframed photographs will be available for $350 each. Photos may be previewed at www.ysu.edu/art/kennerly.

“While the event is to serve as a fundraiser for scholarships, it’s also a celebration of one of the most profound and respected photographers in the world today,” said Bryan DePoy, dean of the College of Creative Arts and Communication. “We are so grateful for David Hume Kennerly’s generosity and support. To have his name memorialized and affiliated with the College of Creative Arts and Communication is a tremendous honor.”

NYKennerly has been named “One of the 100 Most Important People in Photography” by American Photo Magazine. A photographer of American presidents from Nixon to Obama, Kennerly has been shooting on the front lines of history for decades. His coverage of the war in Vietnam earned him the 1972 Pulitzer Prize in Journalism for Feature Photography. He has shot more than 50 major magazine covers and has covered stories in more than 100 countries. He has been executive producer of several television documentaries, and most recently produced “The President’s Gatekeepers,” a project about White House chiefs of staff which ran on the Discovery Channel in September 2013.

“Mr. Kennerly, a friend of Ed O’Neill’s, accompanied Mr. O’Neill when he was awarded an honorary doctorate from YSU and served as the commencement speaker last year,” DePoy said. “Clearly the visit to Youngstown State University had an impact on Kennerly, providing the community with this one-of-a-kind opportunity to view and purchase his artwork.”

Parking for the event will be in the visitors’ lot on University Plaza. More information is available by emailing Stephen Chalmers, assistant professor of Art, at schalmers@ysu.edu.