Photo of an elderly woman in front of a garden trellis
“Old Midwife” (Ida M’Toy), Jackson, 1936, by Eudora Welty, negative, contemporary print. gelatin silver print.

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College’s Jackson County Campus will host the exhibit “Eudora Welty’s Women” featuring the photography of Eudora Welty.  The exhibit will be open to the public in the campus Fine Arts Gallery October 4 – November 5, with an opening reception at 12:15 p.m. on Thursday, October 4.

The photographs taken by Welty (1909-2001) more than 80 years ago are a testament to the endurance of people during the Great Depression and to Welty’s abilities as a photographer. The exhibit, from the Mississippi Museum of Art, will take a closer look at the women who caught her eye, from carefully posed and stoic figures to candid shots of everyday life during the Great Depression.

“One of Welty’s strengths as a photographer was being able to capture real moments in life, and she photographed women, men, and children sympathetically and unerringly,” said Betsy Bradley, director of the Mississippi Museum of Art. “Though she did not necessarily show a preference toward women as her subjects, many of her most iconic photographs feature women and groups of women. Their sense of community went in tandem with their independence and strength during the Great Depression, perhaps reflecting Welty’s own foray into the professional world during a time of uncertainty and unrest.”

“Eudora Welty’s Women” is organized by the Mississippi Museum of Art and is supported with funds provided by its statewide Traveling Exhibition Endowment, a fund made possible through significant private contributions matched by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

Gallery hours are 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Monday-Friday. For more information, contact Marc Poole at 228-497-7684 or

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